‘Once Upon a Mattress’ auditions open to first through 12th graders

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

The Hanover Arts & Activities Center is sponsoring its eighth musical theatre production this summer. Auditions for the stage production of “Once Upon a Mattress” is open for sixth through 12th graders. Younger children (first through fifth graders) may audition for the ensemble with limited rehearsals.

Auditions will be held Wednesday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Auditioners will be asked to sing a song a capella and to read from the script. Attendance at only one of these two audition dates is necessary; however, a call-back audition may be scheduled later, if needed.

In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” Queen Aggravain has ruled that no one may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that comes along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, 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 King and the Jester, isn’t going to be quite so easy to get rid of.

Lorie Foley and Patrick Warren are returning to direct this summer’s production. Fred Horn and Karen Lynne are returning as Music Director and Choreographer, respectively.

Rehearsals run from May 17 through June 26. While schools are in session, rehearsals will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. We will rehearse during Memorial weekend. After school ends, rehearsals will mostly take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Performances are Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Hanover Tavern.

For more info, please visit www.hanoverarts.org or call (804) 798-2728. Tuition for “Once Upon a Mattress” is $250. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. All proceeds benefit the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, a non-profit organization.

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