12 January 2024/
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS – A GRAND MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA AT APEEJAY SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL, NEW DELHI
Apeejay School International (ASI), Panchsheel Park, New Delhi presented ‘Once Upon a Mattress’, a grand musical extravaganza that explores themes of love, acceptance and the importance of breaking free from societal expectations.
High on creativity, students presented a whimsical transformation of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. The enchanting rendition was a comedic romp, weaving together humour, love, unexpected twists filled with lively musical numbers and witty dialogues. The Play celebrates individuality and challenges the traditional fairy tale narratives with humour and charm. It was really a purposeful tweaking of an accepted narrative to question gender stereotypes that elevated the production to a thought- provoking piece of entertainment.
Distinguished guests in attendance included Mr. Nishant Berlia, Co-Promoter of Apeejay Stya and Svran Group & Pro-Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University, accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Nisha Berlia. Mrs. Vandana Swaika, wife of Dr. Adarsh Swaika, Hon. Ambassador of the Embassy of India, Kuwait graced the occasion with her presence.
A host of other dignitaries included the members from Apeejay Education’s other schools, office bearers and the members of the parent community at large.
“The musical is set to redefine the social narrative of women. Challenging patriarchal norms and several gender-related expectations often tied to the fairer sex, the musical strives to give women voice and agency. Our students have worked hard and are eager to showcase their magic on the stage,” Mr Purshottam Dutt Vashist, Principal, Apeejay School International, New Delhi said before the presentation.
“The show proved to be a visual and auditory feast for the senses. The commitment to the arts at ASI was palpable. In fact, Apeejay School International has a rich tradition of hosting annual plays that showcase the nurtured talents of the students. The meticulously crafted sets and props reflected the attention to details. The precision in choreography and harmony in musical renditions all elevated the production to a high-quality theatrical experience,” said the organisers of the programme.
Spread over 6+ acres in the heart of Delhi, Apeejay School International, offers renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes and research empowered by world-class technology.
The School comes under the aegis of Apeejay Education, with a rich legacy of more than five decades in quality education, comprising 27 educational institutions, more than 40,000 students; 65000 alumni and 5000 educators and staff members.