Sleepy Eye Community Theatre presents: “Once Upon a Mattress”
“Once Upon a Mattress” opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to Broadway.
It marked the Broadway debut of a young, red-headed actress with a big voice and a flair for comedy, Carol Burnett, as Princess Winnifred.
A Broadway revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker and others opened Dec. 19, 1996 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 188 performances. The production was nominated for the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
“It’s my first musical to direct. I’m working with a very talented group,” said Holly Kaderlik, a Montgomery native who directs the New Ulm Middle School choir.
Vickie Tambornino described Kaderlik as “bundles of energy.”
“It’s for all ages. It’s fun and going to be a great show,” said Tim Zinniel, who plays the Wizard.
“It’s a great experience. Everyone here is so much fun,” said Zoe Macklanburg, the Minstrel.
“It’s a fun cast. I’ve met a lot of people I would not have otherwise. It’s always fun to be in a musical too,” said Bethany Seifert, who has the starring role of Winnifred the Woebegone.
“I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Jay Tambornino (King Sextimus).
The play tells the story of a would-be princess who has to prove her worthiness to marry Prince Dauntless the Drab, lift a curse from the silent King Sextimus the Silent, and fulfill the hopes of the maidens in the kingdom, who are forbidden by Queen Aggravain to marry until Dauntless finds his bride..
For the best seats, make a reservation; contact the box office, open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 5-14. Tickets are available at the door, one hour prior to each performance. Advanced reserve tickets are 412 for ages 12 and over and $6 for 12 and under. General admission tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for 12 and under.
Director/Vocal Director: Holly Kaderlik
Set Design/Props: Mary VanRoekel and Dana Miller
Music Director/Accompanist: Mary Mulry
Stage Manager: Kelly Nachreiner
Master Builder: Nathan McMullen
Choreographer: Gary Sassenberg
Costume Chair: Stacy Pethke
Costume Crew: Pat Stevermer, Kitty Schultz
Sound/Lights: Megan DeMaris, Bailey Rutscher
Publicity: Dana Miller
House Managers: Lu Ann Julien & Sandy Brinkman
Winnifred the Woebegone – Bethany Seifert
Dauntless- Brendan Gaborik
Lady Larken- Nina Kirchoefer
Sir Harry- Neil Kirchoefer
Queen Aggravain- Vickie Tambornino
King Sextimus- Jay Tambornino
Jester – Madeline Cacciatore
Minstrel- Zoe Macklanburg
Wizard- Tim Zinniel
Sir Studley- Pastor Keith Ainsley
Princess #12 and a lady in waiting- Emily Rutscher
Ladies in waiting- Anna Landkammer, Alex Vigil, Kelly Nachreiner, McKenna Dockter
Knights: Jaden Oglesby, Braydon Hoffmann, Katie Schwartz