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Wayne Post
  • Pal-Mac brings new life to old fairy tale

  • Palmyra-Macedon High School takes to the stage to bring “Once Upon a Mattress” to life at the Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. A special performance for senior citizens will be held Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 and are available at the door or at www.seatyourself.biz/palmaccsd.

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  • Join Princess Winnifred and Lady Larken in the sometimes funny and sometimes romantic twists and turns of their journey to love that all began with a sleepless night and one very small pea.
    Palmyra-Macedon High School takes to the stage to bring “Once Upon a Mattress” to life at the Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. A special performance for senior citizens will be held Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 and are available at the door or at www.seatyourself.biz/palmaccsd.
    The musical was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” and recounts the adventures of the princess, who actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab, and find out what really kept her up all night.
    Directed by Kimberly Day, Sharon Condit and Doug Blackall, the musical stars Dominic Vassallo, Weezie Holdridge, Becca Mealey, Savannah Cole and Ben Cook, with co-stars, Ely St. Thomas, Trevor Jarvis, Kevin Haushman, and Emma Kirbis, Shannon Thurston and Molly St. Thomas. Day said the three directors were careful in their choice of musicals when selecting what to perform this year.
    “We considered cast size, set and costume needs, and a show that could be enjoyable for many ages,” she said. “These students are amazing. They are talented, creative, diligent and super fun to be around. As directors, we could not have asked for a more gifted, hilarious cast.”
    The starring cast members brings their brightest talents to the stage. Day shares a little about each:
    Savannah Cole — Savannah is a senior and plays the role of Lady Larken. Savannah has been cast in numerous other shows, some include Marty in "Grease," The Sour Kangaroo in "Suessical," Belle in "Beauty and The Beast" and Cinderella in "Into the Woods.” She is a member Select Choir and has attended All-County and Area All-State. This year she was a captain of the varsity swim team, the queen in the Madrigal Dinner and a member of improv club.
    Weezie Holdridge — Weezie, also known as Louise, is a musical enthusiast. She has previously worked and performed in “Honk,” “Into the Woods,” “Aladdin,” “Grease,” “Seussical” the musical, and now she is graced with the honor of playing the queen in “Once Upon A Mattress.” As well as musical, Weezie likes to spend her time playing varsity soccer and softball, singing in the Select Choir, helping out at Cross Creek Church, playing the piano and ukelele and spending time with family and friends.
    Rebecca Mealey — Rebecca Mealey is a junior who knows her way around a theater. She has been in numerous shows such as “Honk,”  “Frog and Toad,”, “Into the Woods,” “She Loves Me,” “Aladdin,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “Grease,” “Damn Yankees,” “Suessical,” and “Lil’ Abner.” She is a part of Palmyra-Macedon Select Choir and Wind Ensemble. She has also been in many All-County choir performances. Rebecca also enjoys acting in Pal-Mac’s improv club.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dominic Vassallo — Dominic is a junior at Palmyra-Macedon High School and is playing the role of Prince Dauntless the Drab. He has been involved in many musicals before including “Honk Jr,” “Into The Woods,” “Aladdin,” “The Pirates of Penzance,”  “Grease,” “Seussical,” and “Lil Abner.” His favorite part of the musical has been being able to yell at Weezie. Do
    Ben Cook — Ben is a junior who has played the Mayor of Who in last year’s production of “Suessical,” Acting is his second love, next to swimming.
    Besides the outstanding cast, Day said there’s a whole lot of reasons to come see the show this weekend.
    “People should come to this show to be entertained,” she said. “It’s got great music, costumes, a silly jester and an amazing castle.”

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