'End of an era' - Wilsonville High School prepares for opening night
On a Wednesday afternoon, Band director Chad Davie conducted student instrumentalists through an upbeat song. The moment signified one thing — the return of musicals to Wilsonville High School.
In the coming weeks, Wilsonville High School is set to perform its first musical since the pandemic began. The cast will showcase 'Once Upon a Mattress," a comedic retelling of the classic fairytale 'Princess and the Pea'. In the play, Princess Winifred is unable to sleep on a bed of many mattresses due to a pea, which is placed underneath the bottom mattress.
"We picked ("Once Upon a Mattress") because it is a fun, bright, sunny show to bring back the year," said drama teacher Jason Katz.
The play will open on Nov. 11, and the students and staff are excited to finally be back on stage after only performing virtually for the last year. Claudia Molatore, a junior who plays Princess Winifred, said that the feeling on stage is like no other.
"The adrenaline is intense. A lot of times I don't remember opening night, because it feels like a blur. But it's exciting and exhilarating," she said.
Freshman Grace Hack joined the drama crew a few weeks ago and is part of the ensemble.
"(The play) is very whimsical and very cartoon-y. But it's complicated as well, and has wonderful music, and funny characters," said Hack. "But we have all put a lot of hard work into the show. With everything opening back up, we're all very excited for the show."
'Once Upon a Mattress' will be the last musical performed in the 27-year-old Wilsonville High School auditorium.
"This is like the end of an era here," said Katz.
Performances will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 11-16, excluding Sunday the 14th. Tickets must be purchased in advance at teachtix.com, and are $10 for students, $12 for community members. Due to COVID, masks are required, and seats will be selected ahead of time. All performances are at the Wilsonville High School Auditorium.
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