by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - The jester (Frannie Monahan), the king (Matt Franck) and the minstrel (Aaron Orr) pose as statues to camouflage themselves so the queen wont notice them.Great humor and music highlight Forest Grove High School's production of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress," the story of a kingdom of men and women who can't marry until Prince Dauntless does.

Time is running out, as described in the song, "There's an Opening for a Princess," where the love-starved knights and ladies complain slyly that "No one is having any ... no one is getting any ... younger!"

As expected, love eventually triumphs in this fractured-fairytale version of "The Princess and the Pea," despite the queen's best efforts to keep her son to herself.

Taryn Judah shines as the jabbermouth queen, as does Matt Franck in the role of her mute husband, the king. Franck's charades-like speech turns a father-son talk about marriage into a hilarious communication breakdown with the befuddled prince.

Noah Wilson-Fey plays a wonderfully sweet but naive Dauntless to Elena Torry-Schrag's lovable, stereotype-smashing Princess Fred. Torry-Schrag gloriously hams up her unconventional role while Wilson-Fey sings the show-stopping "I'm in Love with a Girl Named Fred."

The relatively weak orchestra is effectively paired with a canned soundtrack that camouflages most of the out-of-tune moments, so the pit accompaniment is not distracting.

"Once Upon A Mattress" plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at FGHS, 1401 Nichols Lane.

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