Theatre Tuscaloosa's 2017-2018 Season: Music & Mystery
Theatre Tuscaloosa's 2017-2018 Season: Music & Mystery

Once Upon a Mattress

July 13 - 22, 2018

Based on The Princess and the Pea

by Hans Christian Anderson

Directed by Steve Ray


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This funny and irreverent musical is Broadway's retelling of "The Princess and the Pea." When Winnifred the Woebegone arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab's castle hoping to win his hand, his overbearing mother, Queen Agravain, invents a test that only a true princess can hope to pass. Filled with songs, laughter, and romance, this is the perfect summer musical for the whole family!

Performance Dates


Friday, July 13 - 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 14 - 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 15 - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, July 18 - 2:00 pm

Thursday, July 19 - 7:30 pm

Friday, July 20 - 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 21 - 2:00 pm

Sunday, July 22 - 2:00 pm

Show Swag


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Did you know?


Carol Burnett has been associated with Once Upon a Mattress since its original Broadway run.  She starred in the Broadway debut and originated the role of Princess Winifred in 1960. She went on to play the princess in two TV adaptations of the play in 1964 and 1972, and she later played Queen Aggravin in a 2005 TV adaptation. So, she has a 45-year history with Once Upon a Mattress!


Based on "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Anderson

Music by Mary Rodgers

Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller,

& Marshall Barer

Lyrics by Marshall Barer


Director - Steve Ray

Musical Director - Alex Benford

Choreographer - Lindsey Jones
Scenic Designer - Steve Ray

Costume Designer - Jeanette Waterman

Lighting Designer - Erin Hisey

Stage Manager - Ashlyn Lambert



Kathy Wilson

Queen Aggravain

Brent Jones

King Sextimus

John Walker

Prince Dauntless

Autumn Fuller

Princess Winnifred

Bradley Logan


Royce Garrison


Colton Crowe


Grace Conner

Lady Larken

Alex Freeman

Sir Harry




Saunders Fitzgerald


Parker Reeves 

Harold/Pantomime Prince

Nate Blakely


Daelen Jenks


Joshua Giles  




Sarah Kathryn Bonds


Marie Nearing


Ivan Taylor


Lindsay Howard

Beatrice/Pantomime Princess

Monroe Smith

Lady H/Nightingale




Olivia LeComte

Lady-In-Waiting/Emily, The Scullery Maid

Kim Palm

Lady-In-Waiting/Kitchen Wench, Pantomime Queen

Mallory Ivy


Cailey Mize

Princess #12

Vannah Smalley

2nd  Wench

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?
    Approximately 2 and a half hours.
  • Will there be an intermission?
    Yes, there will be one 15-minute intermission, during which concessions may be purchased in our lobby. 
  • Should I bring the kids?
    Yes! This show is fun for the whole family.
  • What themes are explored in the play?
    Parent-child relationships, love, and honesty are all discussed.
  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?
  • Does the play contain violence?
  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?
    No, though the text does contain some mild innuendo that most children are not likely to understand.

Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-12pm
One hour prior to performances

9500 Old Greensboro Road #135
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405




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