Troupe members with the Community Theatre of Clay County, Inc., are gearing up for their largest performance of the season.
The troupe will present, "Once Upon A Mattress," March 10-12, at the Lark Theatre.
Musical Director Lee Reberger said there will be 20 actors on stage for the performance. In addition, three musicians will perform and three individuals will take care of technical issues as well as lighting and sound.
"Usually, our spring musical in March is our biggest production of the year as far as sets, costumes and the number of cast members involved," Reberger said. "We've maintained the same schedule for years and we like to do a big performance in the spring. We like to get as many people involved as we can.
"We usually try to do shows that have some name recognition (in the spring) with the public to encourage them to come see the show."
"Once Upon A Mattress," is based on "The Princess and the Pea," a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.
The fairy tale was adapted to the musical stage in 1959 starring Carol Burnett.
The plot centers around a prince who desires to marry a princess, but has difficulty finding a suitable wife.
The queen also stands in the way of practically every possible princess.
"She is very controlling and basically shoots down all the choices," Reberger said.
Reberger said a princess from a far off land comes to the kingdom to be considered. While everyone in the kingdom, including the prince, falls in love with the woman, the queen is skeptical.
"The way the queen determines if the princess is appropriate is to test them," Reberger said.
Main characters in the musical include Princess Winnifred, portrayed by Ashley Wolfe, Princess No. 12, portrayed by Amber Gussler, the prince, portrayed by Josh Hoffman, the queen, portrayed by Sandy Gibbens, and the king, portrayed by Mike Hoffman.
Reberger said both Wolfe and Gussler are new to the local theatre troupe.
"This show has one of our more elaborate sets and an extensive array of costumes," Reberger said.
Reberger said tickets for the performance have moved quickly.
"They're going fast," he said. "I'm very pleased about that."
A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., each evening, and the performance will begin between 7:15-7:20.
Cost is $25, which includes the dinner. For more information on tickets, call 442-6909.