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Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress

Musical




Overview


Synopsis

Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to 'shut up' which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.


Characters

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Alto



Show Information

Music:
Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1959
Genres
Comedy, Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Time & Place
a far off place, a castle
Cast Size
large
Ideal For
school, college, community theatre, professional theatre, church organization
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, adult, late teen, elderly characters

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