Twentynine Palms Ca: Auditions for Theatre 29’s 20th Anniversary season finale production of the classic Broadway musical fantasy “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS” have been scheduled for Sunday, September 29th at 5:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.  The fanciful musical retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” will take the stage for four weeks beginning November 22nd through December 15th.


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.


Multi award-winning veteran Artistic & Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson will be seeking a cast of 25 - 30 (PRINCIPALS 6 Men   & 3 Women, ENSEMBLE: Large singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles) musical performers for this production.  ALL ROLES MUST SING AT LEAST CHORALLY!  The roles being cast are:


The Minstrel - male tenor 20-35: The handsome narrator of the story, as well as in the musical story line. He becomes smitten with Lady Larken and tries to persuade her to flee to Normandy with him. He and the Jester join forces to stop the Queen's plans.


The Wizard - male baritone or female Alto 40+: The egotistical, ex-performer who directly serves the Queen.  The Wizard is the Queen’s Henchman and thinks of all the Princess’ tests. This character is prideful of their position and basically obeys all of the Queen’s orders.


Lady Larken - female soprano 18-27: Is 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 alto 50-65: The loud, talkative woman who really rules the country.  She is an overprotective, stubborn, sly Mom who is trying to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, from getting married.


Prince Dauntless - male baritone 18-35: A nice, not too smart, everyday type of young Prince who desperately wants to get married but is prevented by his mother's strict tests that she gives to all potential candidates. 


King Sextimus the Silent - male mute 50-65: A kind, expressive, playful, and comedic character who 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 mime & improv skills.


The Jester - male tenor or female 20-40: An energetic and peppy person who is the King's right-hand and assists him with every endeavor. The Jester also plots with the Minstrel to spoil the Queen's plans.


Sir Harry - male tenor 20-35: 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.  


Princess Winnifred the Woebegone - female Mezzo good belt 20-30: A feisty, outspoken, independent, strong, optimistic, and free-thinking princess from the swamp lands.  She isn’t too good with manners.  She wants to get married, but must go through the queen's unfair test as well.   The Prince, naturally, falls madly in love with her. Good comedic skills.


Dancing and Singing ensemble include:


Princess No. 12 - female n/a 16-25: She is the first Princess that the audience sees who is performing the rounds of tests. Very eager, smart, thinks well on her feet – of course the Prince wants to marry her.


Sir Studley - male n/a 25-45: A member of the court who dances.


Lady Mabelle - female n/a 18-25: She’s French and doesn’t understand English to well – she just tends to say “Yes” a lot.


Nightingale of Samarkand - preferably a child over 10: A royal pet that sings a lullaby to put Winnifred to sleep. either must be able to whistle


Kitchen Wench: A woman chased around the castle by King Sextimus


Ensemble: Queen’s Ladies-in-waiting: Lady Rowena, Lady Merrill, Lady Lucille, Lady Helena, Lady Sarah

Knights:  Sir Luce, Sir Russell, Sir Michael, Sir Humphrey

Emily (chambermaid), Soldiers, Servants, Musicians


Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show (Pick Broadway standards in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein, please), movement and cold readings.   Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD (Musical Theatre piece, no original works or pop songs).  An accompanist will not be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well.  Dress prepared to move.  Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition).  For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page or on or contact the director, Kathryn Ferguson, via email at [email protected].