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At Robinson, 'Once Upon A Mattress'

Earlier this year, the Robinson spring musical "My Fair Lady" won five Cappie awards at the Kennedy Center Gala. So come and enjoy a musical comedy from the highest ranked high school theatre group in Northern Virginia.

The performance is based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” An award-winning combination of Robinson High School's theatre, choral and musical departments brings this classic fairy tale to life.

Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and by popular request two Sunday matinees, Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance – or $10 at the door. So make a date for your diary — and don’t forget to book your tickets early — even better book a season ticket and never be at the end of the line again?

The action takes place in 1428 in an unnamed kingdom with a peculiar dilemma. The royal marriage law says no one may marry until the prince, Dauntless the Drab (Jimmy Rees), takes a wife. Queen Aggravain (Caitlin Doyle) insists that the bride be a "genuine" princess and has devised countless tests to "protect" her beloved son. The tests are outrageous, to say the least. Until a new, and very strange, princess comes to town.

Winifred’s (Charlotte Peterson) unconventional behavior gives the queen the idea of using a test of sensitivity to eliminate her from the marriage sweepstakes. The plan seems foolproof. First of all, get the princess good and tired doing that new dance, the Spanish Panic, at the royal ball. Then give her some warm milk laced with opium, burn heavy incense in her chamber and make sure the proper incantation is said to activate the hypnotic mirror. A tiny pea is then placed under 20 thick mattresses. Why would anyone go to all that trouble? Come and find out. Direction is by the team that brought "My Fair Lady" to the stage earlier this year: Director Douglas Rome, Choral Director Shirley Huang and Music Director Melinda Crawford.

Call 703-426-2123 for more information.