Once upon a time… Princess Whatshername?
The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools fall play begins in the Misty Forest, where a girl is sleeping all alone. When she wakes, nothing looks familiar to her. She can’t remember anything — not where she’s from, how she got there or even her own name.
She embarks on a journey to discover her identity and meets several fairy-tale characters on the way — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few.
Some are helpful, some are dangerous and some are just plain weird. All have information to help the young girl eventually realize her true identity as a princess.
As with any good fairy tale, there’s also a prince. He’s desperate to find the princess, but he’s always a step behind. He inadvertently rescues and wins the hearts of all the wrong princesses.
A rocking musical score adds even more fun to new takes on the stories everyone loves.
“It’s the first time we did this musical,” said director Marijo Sweeney. “I love the story. It’s very, very funny and silly. It should appeal to a lot of people of different ages.”
Sweeney said all the characters co-exist in the forest and interact throughout the show that includes pop, folk and country music.
“Characters were devised from different time periods,” Sweeney said. “I want to make people laugh and have a good time. Fairy tales are seen in more advertising, even in TV now.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students.
Princess Whatshername was written by Brian D. Taylor. Music by Bill Francoeur. Lyrics by Scott DeTurk and Francoeur.
Jared Beranek Prince Adonis
Regan Berdan Mama Bear
Ben Blomberg Whiny Dwarf
Katherine Boston Gretel
Brendon DeVries Hansel
Liza Dittrich Queen of the South
Josh Dummer Prince Reveille
Annie Edwards Nosy Dwarf
Clare Fischer Goldilocks
Helen Fischer Guilty Dwarf
Hannah Friendshuh Good Fairy 1
Tony Geiger Prince Hercules
Luke Gieseke Steward
Brennan Glawe Tiny Bear
Grace Gleisner Rapunzel
Bridget Grathwohl Snow White
Elizabeth Griebel Good Fairy 2
Jill Griebel Nurse
Aleah Guggisberg Forest Witch
Samantha Guldan Princess Whatshername
Emma Henle Cinderella
Jeffrey Hogan Father/Papa Bear/King
Lindsay Hose Flighty Dwarf
Levi Jakes Herald
Kate Klimek Queen of the West
Brooke Landreville Fairy Godmother
Sarah Mohr Good Fairy 3
Elle Osborne Queen of the North
Taylor Otis Evil Fairy
Isabel Rieser Giddy Dwarf
Sam Schotzko Prince Swavay
Kaleb Schwartz Rowdy Dwarf
Thomas Strub Hippie Dwarf
Jacob DeVries Crew
Laura Schmitt Lights
Leah Schmitt Crew
Chase Strub Stage Crew
Nicholas Wolle Stage Manager
Noah Wolle Director’s Assistant
Margaret Blomberg Costume Designer
Marijo Sweeney Director