Once Upon a Mattress is coming to BWHS. Submitted poster
Once Upon a Mattress is coming to BWHS. Submitted poster

Submitted by Heather Kittelson, B-W Schools

BALDWIN, WI – Students at Baldwin-Woodville High School are hard at work preparing to present Once Upon A Mattress the first weekend in November.

This musical classic was first premiered on Broadway with newly discovered Carol Burnett cast as Princess Winnifred in 1959.  Three young writers (composer Mary Rodgers and lyricist/librettists Marshall Barer and Jay Thompson) adapted Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Princess and the Pea for a week-long run, but 460 shows later, the show enjoyed an incredible Broadway tour.

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!