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CBC to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ musical
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Coastal Bend College drama and music departments and Beeville Community Performing Arts Project will present the Broadway musical comedy, “Once Upon a Mattress,” on April 28, 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. Performances will be in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium in Beeville.

Tickets go on sale on April 1. Patrons may call 354-2545, drop by the theater box office at the college or purchase tickets online at www.coastalbend.edu. Tickets are $12 for adults (12 years of age and older) and $6 for children and students, including current Coastal Bend College students with college ID.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. It opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and moved to Broadway within the year. The play, which toured the U.S. and London, was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.”

A fictional medieval kingdom is ruled by the devious Queen Aggravain and the mute King Sextimus the Silent. No one throughout the land may wed until Prince Dauntless the Drab shares his wedding bed; however, every petitioning princess is sent away after failing the queen’s unfair tests. It seems that no one is good enough to marry Prince Dauntless. No one until now…

Phyllis Garcia is the stage director for this season’s performance of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Mary Joy is the assistant director and stage manager. Dr. James Lee is the musical director and Gene Stephenson is the orchestra director. Kelly Canales and Jose Garcia Jr. are student assistants to the directors. The set builder is Vicente Barrera. Student helpers with sound and lights are Ethan Borroum, Amber Lidy and Rafael Gomez. Vanessa Clark and Marsha Vaugham are in charge of makeup and costumes.

The cast includes: Yvonne Alaniz, Stephen Flora, Matt Wagner, Daphne Garcia, Clarissa Garcia, Richard Solis, Stacy Stevenson, Sarah Anderson, Monzelle White, Kathleen Chambless, Ricky Cardwell, Kelly Canales, Lizette Segovia, Serena Mann, Colette Magyer, Samantha Sanchez, Brittani Wade, Nick Saenz, Brandon Alaverez, Jacob Garcia, Josh Rodriguez and Tamicka Tucker.

Beginning Monday, April 4, the CBC Theater box office, located in the Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Building, will be open Mondays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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