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NUACT presents

'Once Upon a Mattress'

October 16, 2011
Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - New Ulm Actors Community Theater will present a fabulous comedy by Mary Rodgers, with lyrics by Marshal Barer.

The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22 and 28-29 plus a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the New Ulm Community Center.

The play called "Once Upon a Mattress"?is based off the Classic Children's Tale "The Princess and the Pea." The story centers on King Sextimus, unable to speak due to an unhappy curse. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, takes over control of the kingdom.

Article Photos

Staff Photo by Fritz Busch
From left, Cliff Anderson (King Sextimus) speaks his mind to Elizabeth Melville (the Queen) and the rest of the cast.

Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry's baby.

Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to 'shut up' which ends up breaking the curse on the king.

Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.

Fact Box

If you go...

What: A?play called "Once Upon a Mattress" presented by New Ulm Actors Community Theater (NUACT)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday Oct. 29 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23

Where: New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St.

Cost: $12 adults and $9 for students and people age 65 and over. Tickets may be purchased by visiting


Winnifred Janet Holm

Prince Dauntless Kent Menzel

Minstrel - Marley Pietz

Lady Lucille/Chorus Cloe Cedillo

Wizard/Chorus Jared Schwab

Lady Merril/Chorus Cheyenne Kruse

Sir Harry/Chorus Steve Johnson

Jester/Chorus Rob Pietz

Lady Rowena/Chorus Betti Kamolz

Princess #12/Chorus Miriam Henning

Queen Elizabeth Melville

Lady Larken/Chorus Bonnie Lantz

King Sextimus Cliff Anderson

Sir Studley, Knight/Chorus David Henning

Lady Maybelle, Lady-in-waiting/Chorus - Angie Newville

Sir Luce, Knight/Chorus Marlyn Sellner

Page Nicole Howard

Scullery Maid/Wench: LaRonda Bourn

Page Olivia Menzel

Understudy for all parts Norbert Bindenbauer


Director Judy Sellner

Musical Directors Carol & Gerry Larson

Choreography Director Gary Sassenberg

Stage Manager Vickie Kuehn

Technical Justin Liepert

Set Phil Davis

Costumes Val Besser

Publicity LaRonda Bourn

House and Props Joyce Walsh and Kathy Lindemann

Programs Mary Glawe

"It's a classic. Something people of all ages would enjoy with lots of action and excitement," said Crew Director Judy Sellner.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and people age 65 and over. They can be purchased by visiting



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