NEW ULM - New Ulm Actors Community Theater will present a fabulous comedy by Mary Rodgers, with lyrics by Marshal Barer.
The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22 and 28-29 plus a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the New Ulm Community Center.
The play called "Once Upon a Mattress"?is based off the Classic Children's Tale "The Princess and the Pea." The story centers on King Sextimus, unable to speak due to an unhappy curse. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, takes over control of the kingdom.
Staff Photo by Fritz Busch
From left, Cliff Anderson (King Sextimus) speaks his mind to Elizabeth Melville (the Queen) and the rest of the cast.
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.
If you go...
What: A?play called "Once Upon a Mattress" presented by New Ulm Actors Community Theater (NUACT)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday Oct. 29 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23
Where: New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St.
Cost: $12 adults and $9 for students and people age 65 and over. Tickets may be purchased by visiting http://newulmact.ticketleap.com/once-upon-a-mattress/
Winnifred Janet Holm
Prince Dauntless Kent Menzel
Minstrel - Marley Pietz
Lady Lucille/Chorus Cloe Cedillo
Wizard/Chorus Jared Schwab
Lady Merril/Chorus Cheyenne Kruse
Sir Harry/Chorus Steve Johnson
Jester/Chorus Rob Pietz
Lady Rowena/Chorus Betti Kamolz
Princess #12/Chorus Miriam Henning
Queen Elizabeth Melville
Lady Larken/Chorus Bonnie Lantz
King Sextimus Cliff Anderson
Sir Studley, Knight/Chorus David Henning
Lady Maybelle, Lady-in-waiting/Chorus - Angie Newville
Sir Luce, Knight/Chorus Marlyn Sellner
Page Nicole Howard
Scullery Maid/Wench: LaRonda Bourn
Page Olivia Menzel
Understudy for all parts Norbert Bindenbauer
Director Judy Sellner
Musical Directors Carol & Gerry Larson
Choreography Director Gary Sassenberg
Stage Manager Vickie Kuehn
Technical Justin Liepert
Set Phil Davis
Costumes Val Besser
Publicity LaRonda Bourn
House and Props Joyce Walsh and Kathy Lindemann
Programs Mary Glawe
"It's a classic. Something people of all ages would enjoy with lots of action and excitement," said Crew Director Judy Sellner.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and people age 65 and over. They can be purchased by visiting newulmact.ticketleap.com/once-upon-a-mattress/