Once Upon a Mattress
Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only a princess who can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. To quote the Knights and Ladies of the kingdom, “What to do?”
And thus the stage is set for the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress, a story inspired by the Princess and the Pea fairytale, written by Hans Christian Anderson. It opened on Broadway in 1959 and marked the Broadway debut of a rising young star named Carol Burnett in the role of Winifred the Woebegone. The show, composed by Mary Rodgers, (author of Freaky Friday and daughter of Richard Rodgers,) has been through several revivals over the years and continues to please audiences of every generation.
IMS Cast and Crew
Pantomime Prince–Ethan Coleman
Winifred the Woebegone–Rosie Kilby
Stage Crew–Chineweizu Oham, Phoebe Torres, Drew Laz-Nwokeafor, Whit Yerkes, Arthur Kilby, Henry Cherington, Siera O’Niel, Eliza King-Freedman, Turner Mullins, Matt Brewer, Jiwon Choi, Brianna Webb
Many thanks to the director, Tom McGlone, and to the set designer, Craig Pecchia, who both put countless hours and talent into this show. Bravo!