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Once Upon A Mattress (Theatre)
Saturday October 14, 2023$20 – $22
A fictional medieval kingdom in 15th-Century Europe is ruled by the devious Queen Aggravain and the mute King Sextimus the Silent. King Sextimus suffers from a curse that can only be reversed “when the mouse devours the hawk”. The Minstrel sings of the Princess and the Pea (“Many Moons Ago’), but reveals the story to be fake, though he knows the true tale because he was there when it happened. The princess in the story is not the first princess tested to see if she is worthy of marrying Prince Dauntless the Drab—she is the thirteenth princess.
“Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. It opened off-Broadway in May 1959 and then moved to Broadway. The play was written as a humorous adaptation of the 1835 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea”.
Presented in partnership with Studio Theatre of Bath & The Chocolate Church Arts Center
Directed by: Kyle Aarons
Music Direction by: Courtney Babbidge
Choreography by: Ashley Steeves
Produced by: Marc Rodriguez & Cathy Matero