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**Please note, we have made some changes to the character descriptions**

The Stone Church Players of Navesink Announce Open Auditions for 

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Seeking adult, teen, and child actors who sing and move well. Performers of all ages are encouraged to audition! We will be seeking a small children’s ensemble (age 6+) that will be featured in some numbers, and only needed at some rehearsals.

Auditions are Sunday, July 30th 1 -4 pm
And Monday, July 31st 7-9:30 pm
Callbacks are August 1st at 7pm, if necessary

Director & Choreographer: Michael Hazlett
Music Director: Jeff Clearman
Producer: Rachel Baldwin

• Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.
• Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. 
Children may sing a capella. Teens and adults must bring music.
• Be prepared to do cold readings from the script
• Please bring dance attire and be prepared to learn a short dance combination.

Synopsis:
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.

Character Bios – Stage ages are approximate

**The role of Princess Winnifred has been cast. All other roles are available.**

Minstrel – Male or Female, Any age 17+, Tenor or Mezzo
The narrator of the story, as well as in the musical story line. The Minstrel and the Jester join forces to stop the Queen’s Plans.

Wizard – Male or Female. Any age 17 +, Baritone or Alto
The egotistical, ex-performer who directly serves the Queen. He/She is the Queen’s Henchman and thinks of all the Princess’ tests. He prides himself in his position and basically obeys all of the Queen’s orders.

Lady Larken – Female. Age 22 – 35. Soprano
The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting but is put in charge of Princess Winnifred. She is madly in love with Sir Harry and desperately wants to marry him because she is pregnant with his baby. She tries to flee the Kingdom after having an argument with Sir Harry, but is convinced by Winnifred to reunite with him.

Queen Aggravain – Female. Age 55+. Alto
The loud, talkative woman who really rules the country. She is an overprotective, stubborn, sly Mom who for years has been trying to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, from getting married.

Prince Dauntless – Male. 28+ Baritone
A nice, not too smart, everyday type of Prince who has been waiting way too long to get married, but is prevented by his mother’s strict tests that she gives to all potential candidates.

King Sextimus the Silent- Male. 55+. Mute.
A kind, expressive, playful, and comedic character that is silent due to a curse placed upon him by a witch before the birth of Dauntless. He likes to chase girls through the corridors of the castle. Needs good improv skills and great physicality.

Jester- Male or Female. Any age 17+. Tenor or Mezzo
An energetic and peppy Jester who is the King’s right-hand man/woman and assists him with every endeavor. The Jester also plots with the Minstrel to spoil the Queen’s plans. Extra-plus if the Jester is a good dancer, but not required.

Sir Harry- Male. Age 22 – 40. Tenor
He is the Queen’s Champion-in-Arms – the Lancelot of Knights – the macho, slightly egotistical, brave, romantic knight who decides to leave the kingdom to search for a princess, and finds Princess Winnifred in the swamp. Easily jealous, but loves Lady Larken with all his heart. Harry cannot marry Lady Larken until Prince Dauntless has found a suitable bride.

Ensemble:
The Ladies-in-Waiting and Knights are all waiting for the Prince to get married so that THEY can get married to each other. Many featured, speaking and singing roles like Princess # 12, The Nightingale, Sir Studley, and more!

Show dates will be Friday and Saturday October 6-7 & 13-14 at 8:oo pm; and Sundays October 8 and 15 at 2:00pm at All Saints Memorial Church in Navesink, NJ .

Private message us here, or contact Michael Hazlett with any questions at mthandmfm@comcast.net.