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Pickerington Community Theatre

'Once Upon a Mattress' next up for local actors

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Pickerington Community Theatre's production of the musical/comedy Once Upon a Mattress, scheduled to open a six-day run at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 in Pickerington Christian Church, 575 Diley Road, is being billed by promoters as a "comedy of royal proportions."

The production, an adaptation of the classic story of the The Princess and the Pea, will be also be presented Oct. 20 and 21 and then the following weekend on Oct. 26-28.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and both Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m.

Chris Gallaugher, president of Pickerington Community Theatre, said the show promises to be a "rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance."

He said the original show, which featured comedian Carol Burnett, "was revived as well back in 1997 with Sarah Jessica Parker in the lead role."

Gallaugher said the ensemble hopes to build on the considerable support garnered by its previous production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory last July.

"We had (about) 250 people per show," Gallaugher said.

Pickerington Community Theatre is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that Gallaugher said strives to "preserve, promote and perform all types of living theatre in the community."

He said the organization always welcomes those who "wish to participate, help, and express themselves through theater, both on and off the stage."

Gallaugher said the organization particularly encourages "intergenerational participation."

"We have people from all walks of life, from adults, (to) college and high school kids."

Gallaugher said the strong theater programs in both Pickerington high schools have played a significant role in helping the group prosper.

"We get a lot of support from the area high schools. Shannon Cook, theater director at (Pickerington High School) Central, and Alan De Carlo, the director at (Pickerington High School) North, they have both been very supportive.

"They have sent help and lent us things," said Gallaugher, who added both programs "are extraordinary for high-school level theater."

Gallaugher said Pickerington Community Theatre will also be holding an awards ceremony and fundraiser auction Saturday, Nov. 10 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Pizza Cottage.

"We will have Disneyworld tickets, a signed OSU football, theatre tickets for shows around central Ohio, gift certificates and other fun items up for bid," he said.

Tickets for Once Upon A Mattress are $10 for children and seniors, and $12 for adults.

To reserve tickets, go to www.pct shows.com/; or call 614-378-5767.

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