PARK HILLS — A lovesick nobleman seeking to marry his sweetheart does his best to find his ruling prince a suitable bride so that he himself may wed, in a production by the Mineral Area College Little Theatre Guild.
“Once Upon a Mattress” will be performed in Mineral Area College’s Fine Arts Theatre Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. Tickets are on sale at MAC’s Bookstore, or by calling (573) 518-2106. The cost is $7 for general admission and $3 for MAC students and seniors.
In this adaptation of the popular Broadway musical “The Princess and the Pea”, no one in Prince Dauntless’s kingdom is permitted to marry until the prince himself exchanges vows — a problem hindered by the fact that the prince’s overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, has thus far thwarted all efforts to marry her son. This does not sit well with the honorable Sir Harry, a man whose heart longs to wed the fair Lady Larkin, and after a long and arduous journey specifically designed to find the prince a bride, Sir Harry returns to his kingdom to present Princess Winnifred of the swamps. Immediately stricken by the princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motion plans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that’s sure to send his marital plans awry.
The cast, their roles, and their hometowns are:
Wizard, Rudi Rudroff, Farmington;
Prince Dauntless, Justin Robinson, Bonne Terre;
King Sextimus The Silent, Dave Aubertin, Fredericktown;
Jester, Adam Sanchez, Ironton;
Sir Studley, Ian Miller, Desloge;
Sir Luce, David Jackson, Farmington;
Sir Harry, Aaron Pearlstein, St. Louis;
Sir Will, John Lampe, Ironton;
Minstrel, PJ Dillon, Mayfield, KY;
Princess #12, Mia Gowen, Bonne Terre;
Lady Larken, Jennifer Britt, Ironton;
Queen Aggravain, Dawn Aubertin, Fredericktown;
Lady Mary, Samantha Brines, Irondale;
Lady Splay, Christina Lawson, Park Hills;
Lady Lelia, Brenna Aubertin, Fredericktown;
Lady Rowena, Kelsey Stephens, Park Hills;
Lady Merrill, Brittney Aubertin, Fredericktown;
Lady Lucille, Amanda Orzel, Farmington;
Emily The Kitchen Wench, Tasha Carter, Farmington;
Princess Winnifred, Kala Loughary, Desloge and Brooke Aubertin, Fredericktown;
Lady Mabelle, Kelly Rushing, Ironton;
Lady H, Holli Wallace, Potosi;
Luce’s Lady, Amber Day, Park Hills.