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Set Design, once upon a mattress

Set Design, once upon a mattress

Once Upon A Mattress

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  • ONCE UPON A MATTRESS… the REAL story of the Princess and the Pea! Set in the Medieval period in a lovely little kingdom, the show begins with our Minstrels singing of the tale of Prince Dauntless and his desire to get married. Due to a horrible curse on his father, King Sextimus that has left the ruler unable to speak, the kingdom has been run by his domineering wife Queen Aggravain. She is SO arrogant and overbearing and that she refuses to let any princess marry her son without passing unpassable tests. Princess after princess pass through the castle gates only to fail the queen’s test, until gallant Sir Harry finally returns from a long quest throughout the land with the colorful Princess Winnifred. Hilarious antics and much merriment ensues as the queen does everything in her power to keep Winnifred from marrying her son, Dauntless. Will she pass the test the queen’s test of sensitivity? Will she feel the one pea under 20 mattresses?

    By the time it opoened off-Broadway in May of 1959 at the Phoenix Theatre (now a multiplex movie theatre), the show had acquired an additional author, Dean Fuller (who had previously worked with Marshall Barer on NEW FACES OF '56) a new director—the estimable George Abbott—a second act and a new title: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Casting had undergone many changes, but the biggest was the result of George Abbott's desire for a new face to play the starring role of Princess Winnifred. It was Abbott's daughter, Judy, who "discovered" Carol Burnett, a new comedienne then appearing at New York City's famed Blue Angel nightclub, and recommended her to Barer and his collaborators. Not long away from California, Burnett had made a splash with a funny piece of special material called "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles," which she performed on several TV variety shows and which resulted in her club date. Upon her arrival in New York Burnett had determinedly insisted to her younger sister that she was going to be the star of a Broadway musical directed by the famous George Abbott—this piece of irony taking place long before anyone in The Big Apple had even heard the name Carol Burnett. The rest, as they say, is history. The reviews were great and Carol Burnett became a star.

  • “Once Upon A Mattress” Set to Open April 18th at JSHS Auditorium and combines efforts of music, drama, wood shop, art, and multi-media classes.

    By the time it opoened off-Broadway in May of 1959 at the Phoenix Theatre (now a multiplex movie theatre), the show had acquired an additional author, Dean Fuller (who had previously worked with Marshall Barer on NEW FACES OF '56) a new director—the estimable George Abbott—a second act and a new title: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Casting had undergone many changes, but the biggest was the result of George Abbott's desire for a new face to play the starring role of Princess Winnifred. It was Abbott's daughter, Judy, who "discovered" Carol Burnett, a new comedienne then appearing at New York City's famed Blue Angel nightclub, and recommended her to Barer and his collaborators. Not long away from California, Burnett had made a splash with a funny piece of special material called "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles," which she performed on several TV variety shows and which resulted in her club date. Upon her arrival in New York Burnett had determinedly insisted to her younger sister that she was going to be the star of a Broadway musical directed by the famous George Abbott—this piece of irony taking place long before anyone in The Big Apple had even heard the name Carol Burnett. The rest, as they say, is history. The reviews were great and Carol Burnett became a star.

  • Bets Malone in Once Upon a Mattress
    Photo: Jerry Fritchman. Courtesy of Musical Theatre Wichita

    In the fall of 1995, Dodger Productions (whose previous Broadway efforts included the Tony Award-winning revivals of GUYS AND DOLLS and THE KING AND I) set about putting together a creative team to bring ONCE UPON A MATTRESS back to Broadway. The anchor for any …MATTRESS production is Princess Winnifred, and to play the part they signed an actress who was then the toast of New York—for playing the part of a dog. But in addition to her winsome turn as the canine title role in A.R. Gurney's off-Broadway comedy SYLVIA, Sarah Jessica Parker also had extensive stage credits going back to Broadway appearances in ANNIE, THE INNOCENTS and THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, as well as a considerable film career. And of course, though no one knew it then, she was a few years away from mega-stardom for her turn as Carrie Bradshaw on HBO's acclaimed Sex and the City. Here at last, everyone agreed, was a Winnifred to charm contemporary audiences.

Once Upon a Mattress is a 2005 romantic directed by .

With their masterful production down to every word, colour and note, Colonel By Secondary School’s ingenious production of Once Upon A Mattress has taught us to always be unapologetic of who we are, to be kind and understanding, and to stand up for those that we care about.