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Federal Way children’s theater marks 5th anniversary

'Once Upon A Mattress' is scheduled to run throughout Aug. 1-10 at the Federal Way United Methodist Church.
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The Rosebud Children’s Theater Conservatory is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary this summer with two productions: “Princess Whatshername,” which ran from July 18-20 and “Once Upon a Mattress,” which is scheduled to begin performances at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays between Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10, with a matinee showing on those same dates at 2:30 p.m.

The show is being held at the Federal Way United Methodist Church, located at 29645 51st Ave. S. in Auburn.

Managing artistic director Holly Rose said the Children’s Theater Conservatory program is one of her favorites because of the evolution of the young performers.

“The thing that I find most rewarding about my work with Rosebud is growth,” she said. “Growth of individual students’ self-esteem through the development of their creative talents, greater sense of community togetherness, increased interest in the arts, and an overall growth of support of the kids and families that we serve.”

One of the young performers for theater, Katherine Elliott, agreed that these annual summer performances have become an integral part of her life, saying that she returns each year “because of the friendly atmosphere and welcoming cast.” Elliott is slated to play the minstrel in the upcoming production of “Once Upon a Mattress.”

“It’s a huge confidence booster,” Elliott added.

For the upcoming performance of “Once Upon a Mattress,” tickets will be $13 at the door and $10 in advance. For more information and to buy tickets, visit


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