Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress

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The Youth Theatre Workshop 2018 of the Theatre Company of Saugus presents Rogers & Hammerstein’s Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress.  All the cast members are kids ages 8 to 14.  They will not only sing, dance, and act, they will also design and build the set, make the costumes, and do everything else you need to put on a show.

Come see the results of their work.  They present Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress, an introduction to the musical story of The Princess and the Pea.  

Adapted for young performers, and with a score by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer, Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress is a musical telling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Princess and the Pea that will delight audiences of all ages with its telling of a classic fairy tale.

Our story tells the tale of a prince looking for his princess and his mother interfering. The Queen doesn’t believe anyone is good enough for her son, Prince Dauntless, and with the help of the Wizard – they set-up each princess to fail the test designed for her. That alone is terrible, but there is also a law that states no one is allowed to get married until Prince Dauntless is married!

Princess Winnifred from the Marshland is next to try and win the Prince. This time the Queen and the Wizard are going to hide a pea in her bed beneath 20 mattresses. The test is to find out if she is “sensitive” enough to marry Dauntless. IF she is unable to sleep, then she will be worthy of marrying the prince. But who could feel a single pea under 20 mattresses?

Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress is presented through special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstain. All authorized performance materials are supplied by R&H. www.rnh.com.  The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly controlled.

There are three performances, on Friday, August 17 at 7 PM, and on Saturday, August 18 at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, or $12 for seniors, children, or students.  All the information about getting tickets will be available on our Tickets page.

The dates of the workshop are August 6-10 and 13-17, 2018.  Sessions run from 9 AM until 4 PM Monday through Friday.

The location of both weeks of the workshop and of the performances will be at the American Legion Post 210 located at 44 Taylor Street, Saugus, MA. This location has AC! However, it is not handicap accessible to the second floor where part of the workshop and all performances will take place. We may be able to make some accommodations if needed.

The Meet & Greet / Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 5 starting at 6PM at the Legion. If you cannot attend, but are going to be participating in the Workshop – please contact Amanda Allen at tcsaugus@gmail.com to let her know.

SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE WORKSHOP! DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP IS SUNDAY, AUGUST 5. Please visit our Workshop page for more details.

Check back the week of August 5 to see the cast of Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress.

Join us in welcoming our new Acting and Coach/Director, Sean Perry!

The rest of our teachers are returnees from previous years:

  • Shawn Gelzleichter is the vocal coach for the workshop and the music director of the show.
  • Amanda Allen is the dance instructor and the choreographer and producer of the show.
  • Jen Gelzleichter is the technical theater instructor and the stage manager of the show.

They are assisted by local area high school and college student interns:

  • Meeghan Bresnahan
  • Ariana Brown
  • Mary D’Eon
  • Autumn Dion
  • Will Fafard
TCS is pleased to announce our talented cast (in order of appearance):
  • Prince Dauntless the Drab…………………………Zack Perry
  • Minstrel………………………………………………………Kate Petipas
  • Jester…………………………………………………………..Caitlyn Muldoon
  • Queen Aggravain……………………………………….Olivia McCann
  • King…………………………………………………………….Ethan Hildonen
  • Princess #12……………………………………………….Raelyn Laquidara
  • Lady Larken……………………………………………….Grace Antonelli
  • Wizard………………………………………………………..Rhianon Brown
  • Lucille…………………………………………………………Raelyn Laquidara
  • Rowena……………………………………………………….Mia Tringale
  • Sir Harry……………………………………………………..Dillon Bresnahan
  • Princess Winnifred the Woebegone…………….Julie Liuzza
  • 1st Knight……………………………………………………Michael Daly
  • 2nd Knight…………………………………………………..Nathan Santerre
  • 3rd Knight……………………………………………………Liorah Salinas-Thomas

For more info the workshop or the performances, or to reserve tickets, email us at TCSaugus@gmail.com or call us at 781-816-7019.