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In this hilarious medieval send-up of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Princess and the Pea,“ the mute King Sextimus suffers from a curse that can only be reversed “when the mouse devours the hawk.” The evil and manipulative Queen Agravain stifles all attempts to marry off her doting son Prince Dauntless the Drab, and so the entire kingdom struggles under the edict “Throughout the land no one may wed, ‘til Dauntless shares his wedding bed.” Enter the brash and unrefined Princess Winnifred who eagerly swims the castle moat in order to wed Prince Dauntless. Her inevitable, cataclysmic confrontation with Agravain invariably brings the house down. Music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer. Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer & Dean Fuller

Director: Lee MacDougall

Choreographer: Stephen Findlay

Musical Director: Stephen Woodjetts

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Macdonald-Heaslip Hall, Sheridan


Minstrel: Andrew Morrisey
Prince: David Ball
Princess: Kirsten Comerford
Queen: Julianne Hobby

Wizard: Keenan Viau
Princess Number Twelve: Natalia Gracious
Lady Rowena: Jennifer Rooney
Lady Merrill: Christine Vandenberk
Prince Dauntless: Iain Stewart
Queen Aggravain: Katie Bromley
Lady Lucille: Malia Becker
Lady Larkin: Alessia Lupiano
Lady Helena: Emma Smit
Sir Studley: Brent Yorke
King Sextimus: Jordan Till
Jester: Kevin Morris
Sir Harry: David Hohl
Princess Winnifred: Kyla Musselman
Sir Harold: David Ball
Lady Beatrice: Kirsten Comerford
Sir Luce: Simon Gordon
Lady Mabelle: Tess Barao
Sliding Peter Jingle: Andres Sierra
The Nightingale of Samarkand: Brittany Robinson
Emily: Lena Wiklund
Wench: Jocelyn Regina
1st Knight: Colin Noel-Baldwin
2nd Knight: Sean Blakeley
3rd Knight: Michael Sousa
Footman: Matt Monopoli
Footman: Luke Witt

Lords and Ladies of the Court
David Alves, Mathieu Bellemare, Karina Bershteyn, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Natalia Gracious, Julianne Hobby, Brittany Robinson, Andres Sierra, Jess Vandenberg


Once Upon a Mattress, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre

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Theatre and Performance Studies


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Original Citation

MacDougall, L. (Director). (2011, February 15 – 26). Once upon a mattress. [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.

Once Upon a Mattress, February 15 – 26, 2011



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