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'Once Upon a Mattress' to take the Boring Grange Hall stage this fall after a year's hiatus from larger staged productions.

When the pandemic shut down indoor recreation and entertainment last spring, Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company Co-Founder Kelly Lazenby worried it would be the end of live theater. Thankfully, the small Boring theater was able to persevere through 2020 with a series of well-attended staged readings and is ready to get back to larger staged productions this September.

"The thing we've been lucky (with) in the last year is we received a lot of donations," Lazenby noted. "And we always sold all of the tickets we could sell. I think people were happy to find something to do. We had a lot of new people come out."

The company was able to host seven readings within the past year and a Larry Wilder Americana music performance this spring. And, because they weren't producing fully staged productions, they could also do a few building improvements.

"Because we didn't have to build sets, we could put some sweat equity back into the building," she said. "I think we're really grateful to have been able to still host shows. We were all really careful. We have a really fun, happy group."

Now as the company prepares to put on a fall production of "Once Upon a Mattress," they are also looking to off-board some costumes and props in a sale on July 23-24. Times for the sale will be listed at nnbtheater.com.

"This should give us some more space and some funds for lumber (to build future sets," Lazenby said.

About the show this fall, Lazenby added the now-fully vaccinated cast is "very excited to be there."

"I don't think Nutz-n-Boltz could open after the pandemic with a better piece than 'Once Upon a Mattress,'" said resident director and prolific actor Tobias Anderson.

Lazenby agreed, adding "We like to think of 'Once Upon a Mattress' as a comedy play with music.

"It's really fun and a nice evening (of theater). And, at the end of the day, it's a good story."

To purchase season tickets or keep up with Nutz-n-Boltz, visit nnbtheater.com.


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