'Once Upon a Mattress' at E.H. High

A cast of dozens brought the Broadway classic to the stage last weekend
Morgan McGivern

A cast and crew that included dozens of East Hampton High School students presented the classic musical "Once Upon a Mattress" at the school on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday under the direction of Debbie Mansir.

The 1959 musical, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and a book by Jay Thomspon, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer, was the first production directed by Ms. Mansir, as she takes over from Serena Seacat, who retired last year

"Over the past 10 years, assistant the incomparable Serena Seacat, it has been my joy to work with the most amazing student performers in the numerous productions that have taken place," Ms. Mansir wrote in the director's notes. Some of those students, long since graduated from the high school, returned to help bring this production to the stage, she wrote. Among them were Riley Tibbitts as assistant director, Laura Sisco as choreographer, and Brian Niggles as lighting designer. 

David Douglas was the vocal director, Andrew Rigby oversaw set construction, and Troy Grindle served as the conductor of both the student and professional orchestras, the latter of which included another East Hampton alumni, Matthew Chapman on viola. 

Among the student stars of the production were the seniors Josh LeClerc, Bridget Stonemetz, Georgia Bennett, Elizabeth Walker, Emily Matz, Matthew Napolillo, Samuel Walker, Brent Henry, Sage Gibbons, Alexandra Lopez, Peter Tilton, Christopher Daniels, and Julia Tyson. The junior actors included Aubrey Jowers and Laura Bartky. Axel Alanis Garcia, Nicholas Pucci, and Nicole Lockwood of the sophomore class had named roles, too, as did Emma Foster, a freshman. 

Morgan McGivern
Morgan McGivern
Morgan McGivern