Georgia Schunk, 16, a sophomore at Somers High School, has played “out there” characters before: the Witch in “Into the Woods,” Sharpay in “High School Musical 2” and Iago in “Aladdin.”
But none has been as big, perhaps, as Queen Aggravain, the antagonist in “Once Upon a Mattress,” on stage this week. The loopy musical tells the “Princess and the Pea” story through the eyes of Princess Winnifred, a bold character who just wants to be loved.
Standing in her way is the domineering and loud Queen Aggravain.
“She’s not very much like myself,” Schunk says, “but she’s like different parts of me amplified to make this really big character. Everybody’s got a bit of yell to them.”
When Fred poses a challenge to the queen’s control over her son, Prince Dauntless the Drab, Aggravain’s armor begins to crack.
“She can’t let anyone see this weakness, that’s why she talks over everyone,” Schunk says.
Somers: “Once Upon a Mattress,” 8 p.m. March 16, 17; 2 p.m. March 18. $15; $10 students. At the door.
Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Georgia Schunk, backstage, at “Once Upon a Mattress.”