SKIPPACK — In a 15th century medieval kingdom, the royal family is as dysfunctional as it gets. "Once Upon a Mattress" — the popular Tony Award nominated classic — is Playcrafters’ last installment for the 2019 season and ends on a high note with this delightful musical comedy.
Taken in part from the children’s fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," by Hans Christian Anderson, the stage play’s music is by Mary Rogers with lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Barer, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller. In 1959, The Princess and the Pea was adapted to the stage in Once Upon a Mattress and starred beloved comedienne, Carol Burnett, in her Broadway debut. The comedic production has had numerous revivals over the years and was eventually adapted for TV.
“It’s actually a twist on The Princess and the Pea,” noted Director Randall King of the family musical where Prince Dauntless (played by Kyle D’Angelo) wishes to marry his beloved Princess Winnifred (Lisa Sims), but his controlling mother, Queen Aggravain (Michele Loor), has other plans. Adding to the quirky mix is his father, King Sextimus (Clark Van Hekken), who has little say in the matter as he is mute, plus a full cast of lords and ladies with their own agendas, including Sir Harry (Jay Reilly) who has eyes for Lady Larken (Noelle Joy Fiorentino), all lend to the show’s drama and hysterics.
“It’s not quite slapstick, but it’s silly, fun, and extremely humorous,” King said.
A seven-piece orchestra will play a mix of Broadway show tunes and, of special note: Veteran Director Arnie Finkel is coming out of acting “retirement” to play the part of the Wizard after over two decades of directing.
The tale is delivered tongue-in-cheek as the original legendary fairy tale writer, Andersen, often poked fun at the odd ridiculousness of the royal upper crust. The nearly three-hour show with intermission is suitable for all ages, and the themes of love and justice resonate with all ideologies and genders with optimism prevailing over and above all else.
Additional cast includes:
Minstrel: Judy Winship
Jester: Tom Blair
Lady Beatrice/Princess 12: Barbara Preuninger
Lady Dora: Caitlyn Naylor
Lady Dorothy: Madison Allen
Lady Emily: Tobiann Corbin-Reinhard
Lady Lucille: Florence Wydra-Gat
Lady Mabelle/Nightingale of Samarakand: Lillian Pyskaty
Lady Merrill: Sharon Warner
Lady Rowena: Deborah Marrotta
Sir Luce: Chris Donahue
Sir Studley: Mike Jenks
Producer/Costumer: Sherry Yerger
Choreographer: Tom Blair
Master Builder/Set Design: Mark Prince
Lighting Design/Tech: Ryan Kadwill
Props Master: Courtney Katz
Sound Design/Tech: Chris Stewart
Stage Manager: Bannie Stewart
Production Director: Curt Cockenberg
BOD Advisor/Asst Stage Manager: Cathy Carroll
If you go:
Once Upon a Mattress
2011 Store Road at Skippack Pike
November 7,8,9,15,16,21,22,23 @8pm
November 17 @2pm