ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Directed by: Hope Diamond
Auditions: June 26 and 27 at 7pm
Callbacks: June 30 at 7pm
Rehearsals start July 5
Performances are Fri-Sun September 9th-25th
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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.
Auditions will be held on June 26 and 27. Callback notifications will be given at the end of auditions each night (children auditioning will not be required at callbacks). Please select one of the two nights to come for auditions. Each night will be split into the following:
- Vocal / Music Audition – Please prepare a short selection (approximately 32 bars) of a song featuring your vocal qualities. Please come with a cd or digital recording of your music as no accompanist will be available. *If interested in the part of the minstrel and can play a stringed instrument (guitar, lute, violin, etc.) we would like to see this talent as well.
- Dance Audition – Wear clothes that you can move in. You will be taught a combination, then split into smaller groups to perform it. **If you are interested in the part of Jester, Lady Beatrice, or Sir Harold please come with a short routine prepared to showcase your dancing talents.
- Group Vocal Audition – Attached is a selection from the finale. Please look over the music provided and work on the vocal part that best suits your vocal range (i.e. Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass).
- Acting Audition – There will be cold readings from the script, on your own and in groups.
|Name / Description||Gender||Part Size||Vocal Part|
|Princess Winnifred – 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.||Female||Lead||Mezzo-Soprano|
|Prince Dauntless – 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.||Male||Lead||Baritone|
|Queen Aggravain – 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.||Female||Lead||Alto / Soprano|
|Jester – An energetic and peppy person who is the King’s right-hand and assists him with every endeavor. The Jester also plots with the Minstrel to spoil the Queen’s plans. Needs to be able to soft shoe.||Male / Female||Supporting||Tenor / Soprano|
|Minstrel – 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. Ability to play a stringed instrument is a plus.||Male||Supporting||Tenor|
|Wizard – 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.||Male||Supporting||Baritone|
|King Sextimus the Silent – 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.||Male||Supporting||Silent|
|Lady Larken – Is 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.||Female||Supporting||Soprano|
|Sir Harry – 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.||Male||Supporting||Tenor|
|Kitchen Wench – A woman chased around the castle by King Sextimus||Female||Featured|
|Lady Lucille – The head Lady-in-waiting at the court.||Female||Featured|
|Lady Gigi – She’s French and doesn’t understand English to well – she just tends to say “Yes” a lot.||Female||Featured|
|Lady Merril – Lady-in-waiting at the court.||Female||Featured|
|Lady Rowena – Lady-in-waiting at the court.||Female||Featured|
|Nightengale of Smarkand – A royal pet that sings a lullaby to put Winnifred to sleep.||Male / Female||Featured|
|Princess No. 12 – 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.||Female||Featured|
|Sir Studley – Sir Harry’s friend and fellow knight.||Male||Featured|
|Lady Beatrice – A member of the court who dances.||Female||Featured|
|Sir Harold – A member of the court who dances.||Male||Featured|
|Sir Francis – A knight in the court.||Male||Featured|
|Sir Luce – A knight in the court.||Male||Featured|
|Sir Patrick – A knight in the court.||Male||Featured|
|Ladies-in-waiting, Knights, Soldiers, Servants, Musicians||Male / Female||Ensemble|
Additionally there will be three parts played by children:
|Dauntless Pantomime / Page Boy||Young Male||Featured|
|Winnifred Pantomime / Maid Emily||Young Female||Featured|
|Queen Pantomime / Lady Hattie||Young Female||Featured|
- Crew members – if you’re interested being a part of this production but are more of a “behind the scenes” person, feel free to drop by auditions and talk to us.
Please invite anyone who you think may be interested in auditioning, all are welcome!
Clear Creek Community Theatre 18091 Upper Bay Road Nassau Bay, TX 77058
“Clear Creek has a great depth of talent in its acting pool and it’s always good to see all roles, large and small, performed to a high standard.”
Shannon Caldwell , The Galveston Daily News