Once upon A Mattress – Tickets on Sale here!
TLT Workshop Box Office opens February 15
In the Tryon Little Theater’s rollicking medieval musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” a minstrel strolls onstage and begins the tale . . .
“Many moons ago in a far-off place lived a handsome prince with a gloomy face, for he did not have a bride. And he sighed alas, and he pined alas, for alas the prince couldn’t find a lass who would suit his mother’s pride.
“For a princess is a delicate thing . . . delicate and dainty as a dragonfly’s wing. You can recognize a lady by her elegant air, but a genuine princess is exceedingly rare.”
When “Mattress” opened in New York in May 1959, Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times, dean of the NY theatre critics, wrote happily, “The mood is gaily naïve; the tempo is light and the total impression beguiling.” Directed by the dean of Broadway directors, George Abbott, “Mattress” carried another pedigree with its music composed by Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodger’s daughter.
This is the old fairy tale of the princess and the pea . . . sort of. But here the princess is named Winnifred the Woebegone — “Fred” to her friends; the prince is Dauntless the Drab. His snooty mother is Queen Aggravain, his father is the mute (read: under an enchanted spell) King Sextimus. And there’s the Jester, Sir Harry, Lady Larken, a Wizard, and ladies and knights of the Court.
Aggravain decides one tiny pea beneath one thick downy mattress won’t do the trick to prove that Fred is not a real princess, so how about one tiny pea beneath twenty mattresses? That should keep Fred and Dauntless apart, shouldn’t it?
Carol Burnett became a star when she originated the role of Winnifred the Woebegone. Think of Burnett with her Tarzan yell . . . and then think of her as Fred singing about how SHY she is! Got it?
TLT’s “Mattress” will play the Workshop, 516 S. Trade Street, February 18-21 and 25-28. For reservations, book online right now using our “Buy Now” button, or at the box office beginning February 15th Monday-Saturday 10-1, and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 p.m.
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