CLINDANIEL

SHELBY CLINDANIEL

There are not enough good things I could say about Footlight Theatre's latest hit "Once Upon A Mattress" that would do the production justice. This was one of the funniest, most witty shows with the some of the most talented people I have ever seen.

The production staff, which included director Robert W. Komendera, assistant director John Avila, music/vocal director Lee C. Meyer, and producer William Wild, as well as many others, put on a fantastic performance for people of all ages. There were children sitting next to me and triple-digit aged women behind me, and everyone seemed more than pleased with the show.

The play has many versions, but Footlight's was possibly the most entertaining. The show is set in medieval times, at a kingdom "in a far off place." There is a king and a queen, as well as their son, the prince, and many Ladies and Sirs. The prince is ready to marry, but his mother is not quite there with him yet. So the journey begins to find a perfect princess for the dashing prince, and everyone is ready to help, because after all, no one in the kingdom can marry until the prince has.

King Sextimus the Silent, while his name suits him well, played a big role in the musical; Jim Lampl could not have made me laugh more, though not in so many words. Queen Aggravain, (Leslie A. Evans) was also a hoot; with her sassy crown and on-point hair, as the kids say these days, she gave the musical a little twist. Prince Dauntless (Anthony G. Holt) was a powerful additive to the performance as well.

The Jester (John Hutchinson) and Princess Winnifred (Shannon Wyels) had me cracking up every time they stepped on the stage. These two performers have real talent. Sir Harry (Noel Carlson) and Lady Larken (Alicia Ebaugh), who has the voice of Sleeping Beauty, had the audience fall in love every time they sang together. These two really made the audience feel "in the moment" and are also very talented performers.

There were many parts in this performance, and everyone did a truly fantastic job. The costumes were fantastic, and I have to compliment the set because it was put together very nicely, and I am guessing a lot of time was put into it. The theater itself is kept very clean, and I suggest going to see one of their many productions throughout the year.

"Once Upon A Mattress" will be performed through this weekend and the weekends of the 9th and 16th of October at the Footlight Theatre in Michigan City. For more information, visit www.FootlightPlayers.org, or call 219-874-4035. This show is an entertaining must-see for any age!

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