Three months ago at Riverside-Brookfield High School, production started on the school’s spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress” (if you haven’t seen it, think “Princess and the Pea”).

In the time since then, 51 cast members worked five days a week to get the production ready for the auditorium stage. Student actors and crew members worked three to five hours a day, sometimes more as curtain time drew nearer.

All the while, the drama troupe also went about their “day jobs””as busy high school students.

In all those hours of rehearsal, friendships were made, episodes of “The Office” were watched on iPods and text messages were sent. The male actors learned to not wear socks under tights and how to figure their ballet shoe size.

Lots of homework done was done (though some seniors claimed not to have much homework, so they found other ways to spend their time), directors yelled and a musical comedy was practiced and thrice performed.

“I think it’s always nice to see high school age students doing what they’re good at, teenagers doing what they can do,” Co-Director Cindy Harrison said. “And you forget sometimes how much we can accomplish at a young age.”

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