Idaho Arts Charter in Nampa finished off the semester with a musical, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Since musicals are bigger productions, they used the stage instead of the black box. The only issue I saw with that is the large stage also serves as the cafeteria and the assembly hall, so the sound system is not the most ideal.

With that being said, I thought the students did a good job with their production. You could tell that the students enjoyed the characters they were playing and they had fun presenting a musical.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is a musical based on the story, the princess and the pea. If you love fairy tales, you will love the retelling of this endearing story of Winnifred (the princess played by Brayton Hunt) and Dauntless (the prince portrayed by Ian Kennedy). The tale is told to us by the minstrel (Julia Hasenoehrl) because she was there.

As I have said before, the most exciting part about watching high school productions, it the fact that you can see the raw talent. The love for theatre that those students show can be infectious. It will be exciting to see the students and the program flourish.

Front left to right: Niklas Schuessler, Kelsey Stevenson, Julia Hasenoerhl, "Princess" Tim Point, Savannah Majors
Photo taken by Jackie Collins

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Teresa Rodrick My name is Teresa Rodrick, I was born in Edmonds, Washington - grew up in Mountlake Terrace (WA), married a man from Everett (WA) and my folks moved to Lake Stevens (WA). So when asked, I say I am from the Seattle Area. Way back when I was in high school, I was given lines to perform to open a play (I was a choir girl) and I still remember a part of the line: “No one stopped to give him gladsome looks.” I was then in two other plays. From there I married my husband in June 1990. He was military and we moved around a bit. Our children were born during this time. We lived in England for 2 years, Germany for 6 years and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio, I decided I had put my own career off long enough and started going to Palo Alto Community College. I got my Associates Degree in Drama in May 2005. From San Antonio, we moved back to England for just over 3 years. I did one stint in community theatre there. From there we moved to Boise, Idaho. I received my Bachelors in Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Secondary Education in May 2012 from Boise State University.

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