Next up: Auditions for
Once Upon a Mattress

Sunday, February 9 at 7 P.m.
Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
Callbacks On Wednesday, February 12

Director Brian S. Rothman | Assist. Director Kenneth Fisher | Music Director Diana Dohrmann

Location:
Broad Street United Methodist Church,
36 E. Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016
Note: This is a non-union, non-paying production.

Performance Dates:
May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16
Set strike on May 17 is required for ALL cast and crew.
While we appreciate your interest, please refrain from auditioning if you have conflicts with ANY performance dates.

About the Show:
If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

About the Auditions:
We are looking for singers and dancers who are energetic and willing to learn. All roles are open. A breakdown of the characters is below.

Singers: Please prepare song measures indicated on music sides for the character you are auditioning for. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing.

Dancers: Be prepared to learn a dance routine. Wear non-restricting clothing so you can move.

Questions? Email director Brian S. Rothman at directingmattress@gmail.com.

Audition Sides

Musical Sides

Fred - "Happily Ever After" measures 46 to the end
Dauntless - "Song of Love" measures 13 to 45
Harry - "In a Little While" beginning to measure 25
Larken - "In a Little While" measure 25 to 43
Minstrel "Many Moons Ago" beginning to measure 28
Jester - "Very Soft Shoes" beginning to measure 46
Queen - "Sensitivity" letter E to letter I
Character Breakdown:
Minstrel (Male, Tenor, Age Range: 20-35)
The handsome narrator of the story, as well as in the musical story line. He becomes smitten with Lady Larken and tries to persuade her to flee to Normandy with him. He and the Jester join forces to stop the Queen's plans.

Princess No. 12 (Female, N/A, Age Range: 16-25)
She is the first Princess that the audience sees who is performing the rounds of tests. Very eager, smart, thinks well on her feet – of course the Prince wants to marry her.

Wizard (Male, Baritone, Age Range: 60-85)
The egotistical, ex-performer who directly serves the Queen. He is the Queen’s Henchman and thinks of all the Princess’ tests. He prides himself in his position and basically obeys all of the Queen’s orders.

Lady Larken (Female, Soprano, Age Range: 18-27)
The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting but is put in charge of Princess
Winnifred. She is madly in love with Sir Harry and desperately wants to marry him because she is pregnant with his baby. She tries to flee the Kingdom after having an argument with Sir Harry, but is convinced by Winnifred to reunite with him.

Queen Aggravain (Female, Alto, Age Range: 50-65)
The loud, talkative woman who really rules the country. She is an overprotective, stubborn, sly Mom who is trying to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, from getting married.

Prince Dauntless (Male, Baritone, Age Range: 22-35)
A nice, not too smart, everyday type of young Prince who desperately wants to get married, but is prevented by his mother's strict tests that she gives to all potential candidates.

King Sextimus the Silent (Male, Mute, Age Range: 50-65)
A kind, expressive, playful, and comedic character who is silent due to a curse placed upon him by a witch before the birth of Dauntless. He likes to chase girls through the corridors of the castle. Needs good improv skills.

Jester (Male, Tenor, Age Range: 25-40)
An energetic and peppy man who is the King's right-hand man and assists him with every endeavor. The Jester also plots with the Minstrel to spoil the Queen's plans.

Sir Harry (Male, Tenor, Age Range: 25--35)
He is the Queen’s Champion-in-Arms - the Lancelot of Knights – the macho, slightly egotistical, brave, romantic knight who decides to leave the kingdom to search for a princess, and finds Princess Winnifred in the swamp. Easily jealous, but loves Lady Larken with all his heart. Harry cannot marry Lady Larken until Prince Dauntless has found a suitable bride.

Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (Female, Mezzo, Age Range: 20-30)
A feisty, outspoken, independent, strong, optimistic, and free-thinking princess from the swamp lands. She isn’t too good with manners. She wants to get married, but must go through the queen's unfair test as well. The Prince, naturally, falls madly in love with her.

Sir Studley (Male, N/A, Age Range: 25-45)
A member of the court who dances.

Lady Mabelle (Female, N/A, Age Range: 18-25)
She’s French and doesn’t understand English to well – she just tends to say “Yes” a lot.

Nightengale of Smarkand (Male or Female, must be able to whistle)
A royal pet that sings a lullaby to put Winnifred to sleep.

Ensemble (Male and Female, Various, Age Range: 16+)

The Ladies-in-Waiting and Knights and are all waiting for the Prince to get married so that THEY can get married to each other. These are character roles and are not just part of the chorus. Queen’s Ladies-in-waiting: Lady Rowena, Lady Merrill, Lady Lucille, Lady Helena, Lady Sarah Knights: Sir Luce, Sir Russell, Sir Michael, Sir Humphrey, Kitchen Wench: A woman chased around the castle by King Sextimus, Emily (chambermaid), Soldiers, Servants, Musicians.