Once Upon A Mattress



Once Upon A Matress

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller

Directed by
Elaine C. Meder

Musical Direction by
Russell Bloom

Choreography by
Loren Groenendaal

Scenic Designer
Brandon Phillips

Costume Designer
Edna M. Immel

Technical Director
Steve McGuire

Lighting Designer
Amanda B. Huckabee

Stage Manager
Erin Albrecht

Apprentice Coordinator
William C. Mulberger

ABOUT THE MUSICAL

Round up the characters of a fairy-tale and you get the usual suspects: a King, a Queen, a Prince, a Princess, a Minstrel, a Wizard and assorted knights and ladies. There they all are in Once Upon a Mattress, the musical based on “The Princess and the Pea”. The minstrel retells the familiar story, but then says that version is not quite accurate. Blackout! Lights! And things were never quite the same again in Fairy-Tale land. Queen Aggravain – sounds like a headache – will allow no one at court to marry until her son is wed, but no woman is good enough for him (mothers in the audience will sympathize with that). The King can’t get a word in; he’s speechless, but awfully good at charades. Prince Dauntless – no Prince Charming he – is henpecked and he’s not even married. The Wizard should turn in his union card. Lady Larken, dare I say it, is pregnant, and gulp, unmarried. Is this an x-rated fairy tale? Winnifred, the princess from a distance land – swamp lands in this case – lets Dauntless use her nickname, no, not Winnie but Fred! Ye gads! The next thing you know we’ll be calling Cinderella Ella or Cindi with an “i”! When I tell you that Carol Burnett created the role of Winnifred, you’ll know what to expect. We are in parodyville. Mattress is as light as a souffle, often witty, never to be taken seriously. Unlike Rodgers and Hammerstein’s TV Cinderella, which is straightforward and staid, Mattress is irreverent. Even the title, a twist on fairy tale openings, is slightly risque. This is a fairy-tale for adults, but kids will love Fred’s antics. Mary Rodgers who wrote the score is Richard Rodger’s daughter, and her son, Adam Guettel, Richard’s grandson, wrote the 1996 musical Floyd Collins. The sound of music runs in the family. Once Upon a Mattress may not be on the same level as The Golden Apple, the Moross-Latouche musical that satirizes the Ulyssess myth or Into the Woods, Sondheim’s take on fairy-tales. But it is much more fun!

Richard Gidez for SCCT

 Performed   August 13-16, 19-23, 2003

THE CAST
(in order of appearance)

Minstrel……………………………..Brett P. Keith
Prologue…………………………… Prince Steve McGuire
Prologue Queen………………….. Amelia McGinnis
Prologue Princess………………… Rachel Barthrnaier
Princess No. 12…………………… Courtney Kaufman
Wizard……………………………….Michael Martin
Lady Larken……………………….. Kristen A. McKee
Queen Aggravain………………….Debbie Meder
Prince Dawrtless…………………. Brian Winnie
King Sextimus the Silent……….. Allan W. Osborne
Jester………………………………. Luke Fox
Sir Studley………………………… Ken Wozetek
Sir Luce…………………………… .James C. Hall
Lady Rowena……………………… Abby Minor
Lady Marill………………………….Amelia McGinnis
Lady Lucille……………………….. Alexa Krepps
Sir Harty…………………………… Scott Miller
Kitchen Wench……………………. Kelley Edwards
Princess Winnifred………………..Jill Pakulski
Sir Harold…………………………. Steve McGuire
Lady Beatrice……………………… Alli Walz
Lady Mabelle……………………… Rachel Barthrnaier
Nightingale of Samarkan………. Eva Heppelmann
Ladies in Waiting…………….Rachel Barthmaier, Kelley Edwards,
………………………………….Eva Heppelmann, Courtney Kaufman,
………………………………….Caryl Schumacher, Kim Silverman, …………………………………..Allison Walz
Knights…………………………Jason Lally, G. Eric McGinnis,
………………………………….Steve McGuire, Will Mills, Tom Pogue