A Princess named “Fred,” 20 mattresses and a pea = A musical love story

Ghent Playhouse 2016-17. Once Upon a Mattress Don Dolan, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sam Reilly & Erin Harwood. Photo by Cindy Smith

Ghent Playhouse 2016-17. Once Upon a Mattress Don Dolan, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sam Reilly & Erin Harwood. Photo by Cindy Smith

The Ghent Playhouse is conjuring up a hilarious Once Upon a Mattress – and making it a musical comedy for the entire family.

After all what else will you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a Princess-to-be named “Fred?” You get one most unlikely musical love story, based on the popular fairytale, The Princess and the Pea. Join Queen Aggravain (played by Cathy Lee-Visscher, Playhouse Artistic Director and on-stage favorite) and King Sextimus the Silent (you will remember Don Dolan from last season’s The Weir) as they rule a small medieval kingdom in 15th Century Europe.

Once Upon a Mattress opens on Friday, January 20, 2017 and runs through Sunday, February 5 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

You’ll find other Playhouse regulars too, actors like Sam Reilly as Prince Dauntless and Michael Meier as Sir Harry were last seen on stage in this season’s Panto. Arielle Lant who usually is behind the scenes stage managing or assistant directing takes the stage as Lady Lucille and Joseph Sicotte (Seymour in last season’s Little Shop of Horrors) assumes the role of the Jester. Erin Harwood, Robyn Brahm, Megan Moran, Dylan Widjiono, Adrian Alcala, Andy Johnston, Charlotte Hays, Micaela Conte, Mark Lant & Maeve Nielsen help round out the cast.

Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Louis Barer; Music by Mary Rodgers; Lyrics by Marshall Louis Barer; Directed by Teri Conte; Sara Conte Stage Manager, Music Director Justine Rodriquez; Costumes by Joanne Mauer; Lighting by Matt Lagonia; Set Design by Sam Reilly and Produced by Kelly Mackerer

Tickets are $20 each, $17 for Members of the Playhouse and $10 for Students with ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going to the website at www.ghentplayhouse.org.

Be sure to reserve your tickets early, especially for the Sunday matinees!

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