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posted: 7/17/2014 12:06 PM

Cricket Theatre Company Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress,' 'Legally Blonde'

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Cricket Theatre Company proudly presents Once Upon a Mattress on Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm and Legally Blonde on Saturday, July 26 at 7pm and Sunday, July 27 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center (300 Church Street, Lake Zurich). Tickets are $9 in advance and can be purchased at Performances are expected to sell out but tickets may be available at the door for $11 each, while supplies last.

A rollicking spin on the classic "The Princess and the Pea," Once Upon a Mattress is a unique adaptation for young performers, and audiences of all ages, with all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original Broadway hit. Bridget Euker and Robin Kern direct the casts of over 80 young actors, ages 7-11, that includes Josh Jaffe (The Silent King), McKenna Kalesz (Queen Aggravain), Alex Ketcham (Prince Dauntless the Drab), Joey Richards (Prince Dauntless' Squire), and Sophia Babcock (Princess Winnifred). This familiar tale of royal courtship and comeuppance has plenty of side-splitting shenanigans and audience members will never look at fairy tales quite the same way again!

In Legally Blonde, Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by glittery pink storm in this fun, energetic musical, based on the popular movie, that follows the transformation of Elle Woods, played by Lauren Messemer, as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When her high school boyfriend Warner (Patrick Andriesen) dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate Emmett (Kyle Price) and spunky hairdresser Paulette (Alisha Jury), Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive. Dillon Dreiling and Mary Beth Euker direct the cast of over 80 young actors, ages 12-19, and the show features an upbeat, original score that's sure to leave audiences seeing pink!

Founded by Mary Beth Euker and Robin Kern, Cricket Theatre is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster the growth, education and enjoyment of musical theatre. Based in Lake Zurich, participants also hail from Hawthorn Woods, Wauconda, South Elgin, Barrington, Palatine, Round Lake, and surrounding areas. For more information, contact