published Thursday, June 13th, 2013

'Once Upon a Mattress' at Colonnade show is family-friendly fairy tale (June 14-22)

Mitchell Wooten, center, as Prince Dauntless, loves Princess Winnifred, left, played by Savannah Folks, but it's hard for his mama, Queen Aggravain, played by Kristie McCarthy, to let her son go.
Mitchell Wooten, center, as Prince Dauntless, loves Princess Winnifred, left, played by Savannah Folks, but it's hard for his mama, Queen Aggravain, played by Kristie McCarthy, to let her son go.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

What: "Once Upon a Mattress."

Where: The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga.

When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 14-15, 21-22; 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students and senior adults.

More info: 706-935-9000 or colonnadecenter.org.

If you thought you knew Hans Christian Andersen's story of "The Princess and the Pea," wait until you see "Once Upon a Mattress."

The musical spins the well-known fairy tale into a comic tale about a handsome prince's search for true love despite his mama's best efforts to keep him single.

Greg Jackson is directing a cast of about 30 for this production that opens Friday, June 14, for a two-weekend run at The Colonnade in Ringgold,Ga. The cast will be accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra.

"It's told like a princess fairy tale," says Lora Ogden, director of The Colonnade. "It has a lot of good comedic moments and is appropriate for the whole family. The music is fun and the costumes are lively."

The comedy revolves around Prince Dauntless, played by Mitchell Wooten, who is searching for a bride. His mother -- opposed to sharing her son's affection with any other woman -- is set on Dauntless maintaining his bachelor status. So she devices impossible tests for would-be brides to pass before she'll give any marriage her blessing.

One, the "sensitivity test," requires each marriage candidate sleep on a multi-mattress bed under which is hidden a pea. Only the princess whose sleep is disturbed will be acceptable for her son.

"The show starts with Princess No. 12," says Ogden.

Kristie McCarthy plays the role of the over-protective queen and Savannah Folks takes on the role of Winnifred, Princess No. 13, who is Dauntless' true love.

Find out whether Winnifred and Dauntless live happily ever after at one of five performances by The Colonnade Players.

Contact Susan Pierce at spierce@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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