This comic and progressive musical retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" will challenge you to rethink your expectations of fairy tales. More…
"Once Upon a Mattress" tells the story of the brave and strong Princess Winnifred who comes to the rescue of a kingdom in need of a new outlook on love, leadership, and life. Filled with hummable tunes, raucous comedy, dance numbers, and a happily-ever-after, this musical will appeal to audiences of all ages.
Please note the story occasionally, with humor and joyfulness, makes reference to conception and personal intimacy.
See it if you love the original material, want to hear the full score, & are more interested in "let's put on a show spirit" vs. professional polish.
Don't see it if community theatre standards aren't good enough for you; interracial and cross-gender casting or uninspired direction disturb you.
See it if You like a good "fractured fairy tale," reimagined with a modern day sensibility normalizing diverse gender identity and sexual orientation
Don't see it if You expect high polish. While most of the principles were very good (notably Winnifred and the Queen), the direction was uneven.
See it if You like quirky musicals with a fun cast and strong leading roles in an intimate space. The leading actress carries the show.She's fantastic
Don't see it if Expect a big budget spectacle. The costumes, set and other elements are not Broadway caliber, much more high school/community theater style.
See it if A delightful and fun rendition of The Princess and the Pea. The show uses interesting staging and playful costumes and makeup.
Don't see it if It's a simple plot with no surprises. If you want a thought provoking story that will promote a meaty discussion afterwards, move on.
See it if You just want to watch a show without thinking too much or being emotionally invested.
Don't see it if You want to be moved or think. You like elaborate costumes and sets. You want a complex or interesting plot. You want a realistic story.
See it if You like "old-fashioned" musicals, similar to Cinderalla, etc. You want to take the family to see good to excellent talent at a low price.
Don't see it if You want Broadway-level sets and costumes.