Once Upon A Mattress

Once Upon A Mattress

If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea’, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. (retrieved from¬†https://www.rnh.com/show/66)


  • Princess Winnifred: Susan Verrastro
  • Prince Dauntless: Richard Van Slyke
  • Queen Aggravain: Theresa Fitzmaurice
  • King Sextimus the Silent: Peter Stewart
  • Jester: Peter Codella II
  • Minstrel: Ken Zarnoch
  • Lady Larken: Judy Roberts
  • Sir Harry: Richard Wilson
  • Wizard: Joe Phillips
  • Ladies-in-waiting: Diane DeConno, Carolyn Magee, Kathy Sawyer, Joan Sticher
  • Knights: Dan Roberts, Steven Spraragen, Bruce Williams
  • Princess No. 12: Gina Wertalik
  • Ballet Princess (Prologue): Emily David
  • Nightingale: Duane Plummer
  • Servants: Robin Parslow, Tracie Stewart

Production Team

  • Producer: Virginia Mills
  • Director: Peter J. Codella
  • Music Director: Liisa Berg
  • Choreographer: Denise Baker
  • Scenic Design: Peter J. Codella
  • Construction: Peter J. Codella, Ted Farrell & team
  • Scenic Artists: Madeline J. Codella & team
  • Stage Manager: Jack Ryan
  • Lighting Design: John E. Miller & team
  • Sound: Paul Croteau, Allen Angelo
  • Costumes: Ditha Norton & team
  • Make-up: Sally Farrell & team
  • Properties: Jenny Snyder & team

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February 19-21 & 26-28, 1988