Once upon a time… Princess Whatshername?

Princess Whatshername (Samantha Guldan), suffering from amnesia, stumbles upon Rumpelstiltskin (Noah Thompson) in the Misty Forest in the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools production of “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.

From left, Prince Reveille (Josh Dummer), Cinderella (Emma Henle) and Prince Hercules (Tony Geiger) wait outside Rapunzel’s tower for Rapunzel to follow her hair through the window.

“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.

From left, Hansel (Brendon DeVries), Gretel (Katherine Boston), and Goldilocks (Claire Fischer).


The cast:

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