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Central staging musical comedy

March 28, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -The drama department of Steubenville Catholic Central High School will present "Once Upon a Mattress," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Berkman Theater in Lanman Hall at the school.

Directed by John Luther, along with choreographer Debbie Luther and music director Chris Simmons, "Once Upon a Mattress" is a lively musical comedy adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea."

The production will be the first major show in the newly renovated Berkman Theater inside Lanman Hall. The Louis and Sandra Berkman Foundation provided major funding for critical renovations to the stage, lighting and sound system in the theater. Plans are under way this summer to install new seating and carpeting.

Cast members include Mary Grace Thibault in the role of Princess Winnifred; Angela Sengenberger as Queen Aggravain; and Jude Ledyard as Prince Dauntless. The supporting cast includes Andrew Beaulier, Cuyler Ledyard, Monica Rigaud, Katie Hernon, Michal LaRue, Isaac Sanford, Michaela DiCarlo, Melanie Sich, Lexi Inomata, Sara Padgett, Rachel Rigaud, Jaylynn Buchmelter, Casey Feher, Katherine Moore, Kaitlyn Nese, Blake Kiedrowski, Mark Spinnenweber, Julie Munoz, Katie Kaldor, Ben Bravo, Ezekiel Paulowski, Paul Smith, Philip Stoutz, Jacque Anderson, Mary Burton, Angela Duff, Katie Engle, Gabby Gonzalez, Kayla Inomata, Helen Kovach, Ashley Lamatrice, Molly Marrow, Marianna Schmiesing, Hemali Shah and Kateri Spencer.

Village Sleep Center is the premier sponsor of Catholic Central's performance of "Once Upon a Mattress."

"We are really honored to be able to assist our alma mater and help with this production," said Billy Petrella, co-owner of Village Sleep Center. "Giving back to our community is very important to our family and this was just a great way for us to participate."

"Having support from alumni has always been important to us," said Catholic Central Principal Rich Wilinski. "We want our students to mature into generous, giving and thoughtful young people. Having local alumni who share those values helps our students understand what it means to contribute in society."

Other sponsors include Irvin Insurance, the Ridgefield Group, PC Express and Trinity Health System.

Advance tickets are available in the school office or from a cast member. For tickets and information, call (740) 264-5538.

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