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‘Once Upon A Mattress’ comes to local stage

SoVaNow.com / September 10, 2014
Rehearsals are in full swing for the Clarksville Community Player’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress,” the Broadway adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.”

This popular musical comedy, with music by Mary Rodgers, the daughter of famed Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, first opened on Broadway in 1959, starring a young Carol Burnett.

As the scheming Queen Aggravain, she believes no woman is good enough to marry her son Prince Dauntless, and sets out to prove this by designing a series of impossible tests for each potential bride. Much to her chagrin, candidate number 13, Winnifred “Fred” the Woebegone, passes her “sensitivity test,” with the help of Aggravain’s cursed husband, King Sextimus, and faithful members of his Court. Plot hint – it turns out that Fred would have passed the sensitivity test even without the King’s help.

This is a fairy tale, and everyone lives happily ever after. Well almost everyone…

Show times are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m.

The box office opens Oct. 9, and is open Monday-Friday from noon-6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.


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