Auditions for "Once Upon a Mattress"

Auditions March 17 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.

Red Curtain announces auditions for "Once Upon a Mattress," directed by Scott B Randall.

In a faraway kingdom, long ago, dear King Sextimus has been cursed to be mute, and his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep their son, Prince Dauntless, single, she has decreed that only a true princess—one that can pass her “purity” test—may marry her son. Nor can anyone else in the kingdom marry until the Prince does. The other nobles are extremely troubled by this decree, especially Lady Larken and Sir Harry, as they are expecting a baby.

Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing yet unconventional princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test. 

Based on the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” Mary Rodger’s classic Once Upon A Mattress is a delightful musical that has become a fan favorite in theatres everywhere!

Auditions will be held March 17 & 18 from 6:00-9:00pm each day, by appointment. To reserve your time slot, follow the link here. If you have not auditioned for RCF before, please be sure to send in a head shot and resume as well to our office at

Actors should prepare a 2-minute comedic monologue and 16-32 bars (a verse and chorus) from a musical theatre song. You should provide sheet music for the accompanist, or bring an accompaniment track (no vocals). We will have a speaker and aux cord, but you must provide a dongle, if needed.

Performances are May 22-June 7, 2020 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave #J in Marysville. 360.322.7402

Red Curtain promotes non-traditional casting in all of our production, including color-conscious and gender-blind casting. All roles are available at this time. 

Character Breakdowns

*QUEEN AGGRAVAIN The tyrannical head of state who has a questionably close relationship with her son, Dauntless. Overbearing, volatile, and self-absorbed.

*PRINCESS WINNIFRED (FRED) Princess of the swampland, and the kingdom's last hope to be Dauntless's bride. Socially awkward, clumsy, and endearing.

*PRINCE DAUNTLESS Only son of Sextimus and Aggravain. he is a complete momma's boy. He is doted on by his mother.

*KING SEXTIMUS THE SILENT Cursed to not be able to speak, Sextimus has a kind, kingly heart. He is extremely expressive through body language and facial expression.

*MINSTREL The narrator of the story. An outsider who finds himself in the kingdom on the eve of Fred's arrival.

*WIZARD The Queen's accomplice in her plot to keep Dauntless from marrying. Actors with experience in magic tricks encouraged to audition.

*JESTER Agile and full of energy. Has a passion for show business and the “good old days” His loyalty lies with his friends, the King & the Minstrel.

*LADY LARKEN A classical beauty, graceful and charming and in love with Sir Harry. Unfortunately, she is also pregnant with his child, and needs to be married quickly.

*SIR HARRY Handsome and pompous, and a bit of a "stuffed shirt." Chivalrous and brave. A mix of Dudley Do Right and Sir Lancelot

*PRINCESS #12 One of the princesses hoping to marry Dauntless

*SIR STUDLEY Lord within the kingdom

*SIR LUCE Another lord

*LADY ROWENA Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen

*LADY MERRILL Lady-in-Waiting

*LADY LUCILLE Lady-in-Waiting

*LADY MABELLE Lady-in-Waiting

*EMILY A Chambermaid




*KITCHEN WENCH Is pursued by King Sextimus around the castle