It just might be the sleeper hit of the season. Starting this Friday, Desert Stages Theatre presents Once Upon a Mattress, Broadway's take on Hans Christian Andersen's Princess and the Pea. The musical comedy finds Dauntless the Drab desiring to be the prince formerly known as single, but his domineering mother rejects a procession of prospective princesses. The mattresses are stacked against Winnifred the Woebegone -- can she pass the queen's test of princess authenticity, or is the fresh prince destined for a life of royal pain? Once Upon a Mattress runs Friday, August 22, through September 21 at Scottsdale's Desert Stages Theatre, 8473 East McDonald. Showtime is 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. on August 22, 23, 29 and 30. Tickets are $12; reservations are recommended. Call 480-483-1664.- Jill Koch
Book worms: Get back into study mode.
Pick of the draw: View the works by illustrators of children's books.
Bedtime tales: Sleeping is hard in Once Upon a Mattress.
Kids can beat the end-of-summertime blues on Wednesday, August 27, at Back to School @ Your Library, sponsored by the Mesquite Branch Library, 4525 Paradise Parkway North. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., students learn how to use resources found in the library's own stacks to ace homework assignments. Games and prizes also help ease the transition back into study mode. Call 602-262-7299 for details. - Michele Laudig
Frame of Mind
Pencil in this date to see a new exhibit
Inspiring illustrations are an important part of the most beloved children's books. On display in the Center for Children's Literature at Burton Barr Central Library, the new exhibition "All in the Family" features more than 40 original works by renowned artists Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd and Edith Thacher Hurd. Call 602-262-4636 for details. - Michele Laudig