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Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Edition

A one-hour adaptation of the beloved musical designed for young performers.

Winnifred the Woebegone is just a simple swamp princess looking to win the heart of Prince Dauntless. But can she pass the impossible test Queen Aggravain has in store for her?

  • Short Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Comedy
  • 60 minutes

  • Time Period: Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Elementary School / Primary

Once Upon A Mattress: Youth Edition is a one-hour adaptation of the beloved musical, designed for young performers.

Many moons ago in a far-off place, Queen Aggravain decreed no couples could marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, found a bride. Princesses came from far and wide to win the hand of the prince, but none could pass the impossible tests given to them by the Queen. That is, until the “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, showed up. Would she be able to pass the Sensitivity Test, marry her prince and help Lady Larkin and Sir Harry to the altar? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. After all, a princess is a delicate thing.


  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Casting Notes: In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • 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
    Rehearsal Material 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.

    30 x Student Libretto/Vocal Books
    1 x Piano/Vocal Book
    1 x Production Guide
    1 x Digital Resource Package (Performance Tracks, Guide Vocal Tracks, Guide to Choreography & Staging, Audition Sides and Forms and Track Samples, Costume Design, Set Design, Props List, Artwork)

    $895.00