March 22, 2018, 4:12 am
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‘Once upon a Mattress’

In a telephone conversation with Toots Tolentino, I learned that the Ephesus Teatron Group, Inc.  proudly kicks off its first production for 2017 with “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS” at the Tanghalang Yaman Lahi
Theater, Emilio Aguinaldo College located at 1221 Gen. Luna St. Ermita, Manila.

The schedule of performances are as follows: Jan. 20 – 22 (Fri. – Sun.) at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is from the Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller. Music by Mary Rodgers. Lyrics by Marshall Barer. (Based on the story The Princess and the Pea by Hans
Christian Andersen.)

The title of the musical, by itself, sounds naughty; and Toots Tolentino further  informed me “that the original 1959 Broadway production featured the debut of stage and TV personality Carol Burnett, who
 received two Tony Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Leading Actress.

 “A 1960 London production was produced together with an original cast album recording. In 1996, Sarah Jessica Parker stepped into the leading role in a Broadway revival production together with Jane
Krakowski which was nominated for the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. An Off-Broadway production had a limited run last January 2016. Adaptations for television were aired in the US in 1964,
1972, and lastly in 2005”.

 “Once Upon a Mattress” is a silly, sassy, and a funny modern fairy tale musical with many amusing moments bursting at the seams featuring an assemblage of first-rate pros loaded with showbiz pizzazz and
comic artistry from the Philippine theater industry. The very accomplished .Steven Conde is its director.

Carla Guevara-Laforteza    and Cara Barredo shall alternately play the role of Princess Winnifred the Woebegone; while Niño Alejandro will play the role of Prince Dauntless in the musical.

Others who are playing important roles in the musical are. Hans Eckstein, Chino Veguillas , Milay Guinid, Raymund Concepcion , Arion Sanchez, Steven Hotchkiss, Onyl Torres, Alex Dagalea , Yanah Laurel,
Jill Ita-as, Sweet Samaniego- Buchanan, Ayam Eckstein, Tina Macaraeg, Jill Ita-as, Mica Fajardo, Meggy Katigbak, Nicole Herrera,  Ash Factor, Vincent Kevin Pajara, Josh Cabiladas, Gry Gimena, Edrei Tan,
Arion Sanchez, and Alex Dagalea.

The artistic team of “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS” are as follows: Steven Conde (Director); Sweet Samaniego – Buchanan (Artistic Director), Jay Pangilinan (Musical Arranger); Joseph Mattheu (Light
Designer); Stephen Viñas (Choreographer); and Kayla Teodoro (Costume/Set Designer).

 “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS” will be an explosion of Theatrical and comedic energy.  This is a must watch.

See you at the theater !!!!!

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