Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer
Based upon the Hans Christian Anderson tale
The Princess and the Pea
Music by Mary Rogers • Lyrics by Marshall Barer


April 28-29, May 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21, 2006
Produced in Cooperation with R&H Theatricals


Once Upon A Mattress, a critically acclaimed, Tony Award® nominated musical is a comical tweaking of the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” and the star-making vehicle for Carol Burnett. The kingdom is an unhappy one. As a result of King Sextimus being struck dumb by a witch’s curse and condemned not to speak, Queen Aggravain has assumed power and decreed that no one in the Kingdom may wed until Prince Dauntless is married to a true princess of Royal blood. The Queen has tested the eligibility of eleven applicants and each has failed the almost-impossible tests she has devised. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred (“Fred” to her friends). The Queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme, but Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the Minstrel, and the Jester, manages to pass the Queen’s supposedly impossible sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent Prince Dauntless from marrying, he defies her, which ends up breaking the curse on the King. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom … and everyone lives happily ever after.


Director, Kim Donovan
Assistant Director, Dianne Bernick
Producer, Stan Guarnelo
Music Director, Ken Pletzer
Choreographer, Kim Donovan
Stage Manager, John Hoglen
assisted by Jil Hoglen
Set Design, Jeff Flannery and Kim Donovan
Stage Construction & Painting, Jeff Flannery, Gordon Mosley, John Calder, Paul Vandevert, Tom Sparrow, Denene Pollock, Carolyn Ballard, Jeff Ostrowski, John Hoglen, Jil Hoglen, Helen Liljegren, Dina Flannery, Ross Grossman, Stan Brescoll, and Richard Marengere
Lights & Sound, Dave Reynolds II
assisted by the Lights & Sound Committee
Opening Sequence, Stan Guarnelo
Illustrations, Brian Townsend
Hair & Make-up, Paul Kriner
assisted by Sharon Comer, Andrea Hoglen, Rae McIntosh, Chris O’Connell, Eric Rossow, Margaret Winowiecki, Nancy Wolter, Terry Tajak and Barbara Wulff
with special thanks to Jackie Dienes
Costumes, Heidi Ellis
assisted by Marie Lobezoo, Mary Ann Roloff, Mary Calder, Marge Sorenson, Donna Lee, Dina Flannery, Emily Champoux, Margaret Winowiecki, and Russ Ellis
Properties, Steve Stokfisz
assisted by Tim Carney
Publicity, Dina Flannery
Programs, Tom Sparrow and Brian Townsend
Program booklets for special student performance generously donated by Dearborn Offset Printing
Tickets, Stan Brescoll, Dina Flannery, Liz Mangan, Richard Moore, and Carrie Serfass
Ushers, Jeff Ostrowski
Afterglow, Kim Donovan
Cast & Crew, Stacy Williams and Erin Beardsley
50/50 & Intermission, Marybeth Kinnell and Brian Townsend


Conductor/Piano, Ken Pletzer
Clarinet/Flute, Ray Stakenas
Oboe, Kimberly Pollack
Percussion, Jason Quay
French Horn, Suzanne Rohn
Trombone, Bruce Sole
Trumpet, Bob Cox


(in order of appearance)

The Minstrel, Paul Bruce
Prince Dauntless, Andy Christler
Queen Aggravain, Nancy Gurwin
King Sextimus, Tom Sparrow
Lady Larkin, Anna Hnatiuk
Sir Harry, Dean Vendal
The Wizard, Mark Byars
The Jester, Kenneth Kilgore
Princess Winnifred, Tiffany Mullins
Ensemble, Leslie Brown, Tim Carney, Rachele Cate, Emily Champoux, Lauren Danke, Sydnee Dombrowski, Rylee Donovan, Angie Essenmacher, Andrea Hoglen, Shelly Hook, Carly Johnson, Jim Kirwan, Pat Landino, Jill Maisano, Pat McElligot, Stephany Renwick, Kevin Rider, Marc Rosati, Will Turbett, and Margaret Winowiecki.

See Show Photos by – and Courtesy of – Gordon Mosley

Cast and Crew Digitized by Anna Hnatiuk Dewey