The would-be princess and the bothersome pea that leads her to her fate form the core of the 1959 musical-comedy Once Upon a Mattress, which comes to Bridgewater State University’s Family Performing Arts Center beginning Jan. 5.
Featuring a number of wonderful songs and a plot that is by turns raucous and romantic, Once Upon a Mattress and the fairy tale it’s based on, have entertained people of all ages for generations.
FPAC co-founder Lisa Troy has starred in and directed the musical in the past, and was glad to see it making its way to the Rondileau Campus Center stage.
“It’s such a wonderful and funny show,” she said.
See the list of cast members below.
Hans Christian Andersen published “The Princess and the Pea” in 1835; it tells the story of a prince in search of a suitable wife. When fate delivers to his door a young woman who claims to be a princess, he tests her by having her sleep on a pile of mattresses to see if she is sensitive enough to feel a pea resting on the bottom one. In 1959 the fairy tale was turned into a musical called Once Upon a Mattress. Carol Burnett starred as the princess when the production arrived on Broadway.
The FPAC production is helmed by nationally-recognized director and choreographer Larry Sousa. With music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, this classic musical comedy offers a night of great music and guaranteed hilarity.
Once Upon a Mattress will be staged in the RCC Auditorium at 19 Park Ave. on the campus of Bridgewater State University.
Friday, January 12 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 13 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 at 2 p.m.
This event is made possible through funding from Bridgewater State University’s Arts for Youth program. For more information, email the box office at BoxOffice@bridgew.edu or call 508-531-1321.