As the strains of the Overture die down, the Minstrel tells the audience the familiar Hans Christian Anderson story "The Princess and the Pea." But, says the Minstrel, that's not what actually happened. And with that, "Once Upon a Mattress" sets out to tell the real story.

Camelot Theatre Conservatory is presenting the musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers (daughter of Richard Rodgers), lyrics by Marshall Barer and book/libretto by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller. The show features 27 students ages 7-17 and is directed by Rebecca Campbell, choreographed by Suzanne Sieber, with vocal/acting coaching by Renee Hewitt and musical direction by Jennifer Schloming.

The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28; and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

"Once Upon a Mattress" was originally written as part of an adult summer camp but was so well-received that it was expanded into a full-length musical. It marked the Broadway debut of Carol Burnett as Princess Winifred the Woebegone.

Camelot's "Once Upon a Mattress" stars Josette Saydah as Princess Winnifred, Lucas Gandy as Prince Dauntless, Ali Lohman as Queen Aggravain, Elijah Ballentine as King Sextimus the Silent, Adam Lohman as Sir Harry, Isabelle Schuler as Lady Larkin and features Rylee Houck and Caitlin Campbell as the Jesters, Adrianne Box and Kailee Parks as Minstrels and Griffin Hadden as the Wizard. The ensemble for the show includes Shay Astor, Chloe Brown, Alyssa Chiampi, Alexis DiFruscia, Emma DiFruscia, Anya Gandy, Rosabelle Heine, Coca Herried, Brigger McBeth, Lydia McKee, Jenni Phillips, Andrea Rodriguez, Sabina Schilling, Shoshana Sharpe and Lisa Werfel.

All technical aspects are provided by Camelot's resident designers Bart Grady, lights; Emily Ehrlich Inget, costumes; Brian O'Connor, sound; and Don Zastopil, set and props.

Tickets for "Once Upon a Mattress" are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Reservations are recommended and there is an additional $2 per ticket charge for reserved seating. Tickets are only available at the Camelot Theatre box office or by phone at 535-5250. Box Office hours are — to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. See .