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Getting To Know... Once Upon a Mattress

If you though you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise!

  • Short Musical
  • Comedy

  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Community Theatre

The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers.

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 it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling 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. 

In this adaptation, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theatre and its production.

PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a Getting To Know... musical should contact our office for more information. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button on the left. For questions related to Getting To Know... musicals, contact the ORiGiN™ Theatrical office.


  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

  • PRINCESS WINNIFRED THE WOEBEGONE
    PRINCE DAUNTLESS THE DRAB
    QUEEN AGGRAVAIN
    THE SILENT KING
    LADY LARKEN
    SIR HARRY
    THE MINSTREL
    THE JESTER
    THE WIZARD
    LADY LUCILLE
    SIR STUDLEY
    LADY ROWENA
    LADY BEATRICE
    SIR HAROLD
    PRINCESS NO. 12
    LADIES AND KNIGHTS OF THE KINGDOM
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book
    1 x Vocal Book

    $24.00
    Showkit Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    2 x Director's Scripts
    1 x Director's Guide
    2 x Piano Vocal Scores
    20 x Student Libretto-Vocal Books
    1 x Study Guide
    1 x Performance/Accompaniment CD
    1 x Choreography Video
    10 x Chorus Books

    $895.00