Auditions for Once Upon A Mattress – Adults 18 – 60

Starting DateJanuary 2, 2018

Ending DateJanuary 5, 2018


Event Description

Tuesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 4
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Phipps

Sign up to schedule your 45-minute audition time.
Callbacks will be held on Friday, January 5.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is a fairy tale musical comedy that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at “The Princess and the Pea” with a bit of a “Fractured Fairy Tales” attitude. Princess Winifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle, hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood – one that can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses.

Director John Kunik is looking for a cast of 22-25 men and women, ages 18 – 60. Actors auditioning will be asked to sing, read from the script, and learn a short dance routine. Actors may bring 32 measures or one verse of a prepared song or sing one of the songs from the show. An accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning should wear comfortable clothes and shoes to allow for maximum movement. They should also bring a list of rehearsal conflicts. A resume and headshot are appreciated, but not mandatory. Sides and a few copies of the libretto will be available at the auditions. Those auditioning should download, complete and bring the audition form with them.

Rehearsals will begin on January 15 and will include Monday through Friday evenings and some Saturdays. Eleven performances will be given March 9-31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

Kunik most recently staged “Blithe Spirit” at Expressions Community Theatre in Lakeville. Other musical credits include “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Guys and Dolls” at Off-Broadway Musical Theater in Crystal. This is his second production for The Phipps, having directed “Squabbles” longer ago than he cares to admit.

Music director Ruth Ashwood recently staged productions of “A Christmas Story” at Woodbury Community Theater, “West Side Story” with St. Mark’s in North St. Paul, and “My Fair Lady” at The Phipps.

Choreographer Chris Adam’s recent work includes “In Stitches” at The Phipps and “Little Shop of Horrors” at the University of Wis.-River Falls.

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