Sleepy Eye Community Theatre presents: “Once Upon a Mattress”

Prince Dauntless (Brendan Gaborik), left, and Winnifred the Woebegone (Bethany Seifert), ponder an issue. in the Sleepy Eye Community Theater production of “Once Upon a Mattress.”

The Sleepy Eye Community Theater is presenting the Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Once Upon and Mattress,” an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.”

“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.

Lady Larken (Ninah Kirchoefer) and the Minstrel (Zoe Macklanburg) hide from the queen behind a mattress as Jay Tambornino (King Sextimus) faces her in a scene from “Once Upon and Mattress.”

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).

Queen Aggravain (Vickie Tambornino) takes out her frustration on The Jester (Madeline Cacciatore).

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.

Production Team

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


Cast List

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