FPAC Announces Auditions for Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress – AUDITIONS

Once Upon a Mattress auditions on October 14 and 15 by appointment only.

October 14 1:00-9:00pm and October 15 1:00-4:30pm, by appointment

Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium
19 Park Ave
Bridgewater, MA 02325

The Family Performing Arts Center, in residence at Bridgewater State University, happily announces auditions for Once Upon a Mattress.

Audition Dates:
Saturday, October 14: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, October 15: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Callbacks Saturday, October 21: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Production Dates: January 5-14, 2018
Rehearsals begin after Thanksgiving.

Please contact production stage manager, Geena Forristall, to schedule an audition – gmforristall@gmail.com

If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center (FPAC) aims to bring high-quality, family-centered arts programming to the BSU campus, thus making the university a cultural hub for the Southeastern Massachusetts community. BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center offerings range from fully-realized musical productions incorporating BSU talent alongside professional artists, to presentations by well-known entertainers whose work appeals to an audience of all ages. BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center shares Bridgewater State University’s commitment to supporting and advancing the economic and cultural life of Southeastern Massachusetts by bringing the community together to share in and celebrate the magic of the performing arts!
FPAC’s recent productions include: Shrek, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and Seussical. FPAC’s productions perform to large audiences in the 1300-seat Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium at Bridgewater State University.

Character Descriptions with Vocal Parts

Minstrel: Handsome Narrator of the story & musical storyline – TENOR

Prince Dauntless: Nice, not-too-smart, everyday kind of guy who desperately wants to get married – BARITONE

Queen Aggravain: Loud, talkative, stubborn, scheming, over-protective mother of Dauntless; the real ruler of the land – ALTO

Jester: Energetic guy who is the King’s right-hand man, helps him with everything – TENOR

King Sextimus: Kind, playful, but silent (due to a curse) man; actor needs to work well physically

Wizard: Egotistical, ex-performer; the Queens’ henchman; prides himself in his position – BARITONE

Lady Larken: Queen’s lady-in-waiting, madly in love with Sir Harry – SOPRANO

Sir Harry: The Queens’ Champion-in-Arms; a macho, egotistical, brave & romantic knight – TENOR

Princess Winnifred: Outspoken, feisty, optimistic princess who grew up in the Swamplands; not good with manners; physically strong; very determined – MEZZO-SOPRANO

Lady Mabelle: French lady-in-waiting; says “oui” a lot – ALTO

Featured Ensemble Roles: Lady Lucille; Lady Meril; Lady Rowena; Sir Studley (a dancer at court); Nightengale of Smarkland (royal pet who sings Princess Winnifred to sleep; male or female); Kitchen Wench; Other knights, soldiers, servants, musicians, ladies-in-waiting

At the audition please prepare 32 bars of music in the style of Once Upon A Mattress. Sides will be given for each auditioner in lieu of a prepared monologue. Auditioners should be familiar with Once Upon A Mattress.