Announcing auditions for our summer mainstage musical "Once Upon a Mattress" at Cumberland Players. Auditions will take place on Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8 beginning at 7:00 pm with callbacks by invitation on May 10. Auditions are open to performers ages 16 and up. Auditioners should prepare 16 to 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show. Please bring to the audition sheet music in the correct key or a backing track with instrumentals only. Character descriptions can be found below and questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All roles are open. Those wishing to audition for the role of King Sextimus should be prepared to pantomime their audition song.
Show dates are August 4,5,6,11,12,13 with tech week running from July 30 through August 3. All cast members must be available for these dates.
QUEEN AGGRAVAIN: Very protective of her only son, Dauntless. She is a strong character that takes the stage with her presence. She is overbearing, lively, and domineering, but should be played comically.
Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Alto
PRINCESS WINNIFRED the Woebegone: She is not the “classical” princess in any sense of the word. She can swim moats, lift weights and she prefers the swamps of home to a fancy castle. She is energetic, adventurous, independent and optimistic.
Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Mezzo/Soprano
PRINCE DAUNTLESS: Still a “mama’s boy,” but it is evident that he is ready to move on. He is child-like, naïve, with a likeable sense of innocence. He adores Winnifred and is in awe of her every step.
Vocal Requirements: baritone
LADY LARKEN: A classic beauty. She is graceful, charming and in love with Sir Harry. She is very eager for Dauntless to marry so she can wed Harry before her little bundle arrives. She is eager to please and would never cause embarrassment to her love, Sir Harry.
Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Soprano
SIR HARRY: He is a handsome and masculine knight, but quite pompous-- a bit of a “stuffed shirt.” He fancies that he may one day become the Prime Minister, if he can find a Princess to marry Dauntless, so he can wed Lady Larkin. He is chivalrous, brave, determined but a bit taken with himself.
Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Tenor
MINSTREL: Functions as the narrator and has a direct link to the audience, and is attractive and “worldly”. Has an air of confidence and enjoys telling the real story to the audience. likeable and cunning when need be. Works at foiling the Queen’s plans.
Vocal Requirements: strong singer tenor or soprano
JESTER: Must be flexible, agile and full of energy. Has a hidden passion for show business and the “good old days”
Vocal Requirements: strong singer, tenor or soprano
WIZARD: The Queen’s Loyal Confidante. He is magical and mysterious and is able to do several magic tricks. He possesses a sense of showmanship. Kind of a buffoon though.
Vocal Requirements: Primarily a speaking role
KING SEXTIMUS, THE SILENT: He is mute, due to a curse, but you always know what he is thinking, He is expressive, mischievous and playful.
Vocal Requirements: Primarily a mimed role - strong facial and physical comedy
Ensemble: The Ladies-in-Waiting and Knights who are all waiting for the Prince to get married so that THEY can get married to each other.