Live Arts Maryland presents its mid-winter Broadway in Annapolis production, “Once Upon a Mattress,” on Friday, February 14 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, February 15 (8 p.m.) at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. With a dream cast of local talent, this hilarious musical re-telling of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale will chase away all the winter blahs.
Leading the strong cast as Princess Winifred the Woebegone is Kimberly Christie, a popular performer who captivated audiences as Miss Adelaide in LAM’s “Guys & Dolls.” Joining her as Prince Dauntless is John Halmi, a frequent LAM performer and a familiar face on many other area stages. Also lending their considerable talents to “Once Upon a Mattress” are David Merrill (Minstrel), Molly Moore Green (Queen Aggravain), Nathan Wyatt (Sir Harry), Caitlin Vincent (Lady Larken), Erik Alexis (the Jester), Jim Reiter (the Wizard) and Duncan Hood (King Sextimus). The show is directed by Eloise Ullman, herself a popular performer on local stages and a past director of many very successful LAM productions. Elysia Greene is the production’s choreographer. For these two performances, the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by special guest Jason Tramm.
“Once Upon a Mattress” features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The Tony Award-nominated musical opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to Broadway, where launched the career of comedienne Carol Burnett. Helping tell the funny tale of Princess Fred, Prince Dauntless and the tangled lives of the courtiers who very much want the Prince to marry, are some very funny musical numbers including “An Opening for a Princess,” “I’m Shy” and “Spanish Panic.”
Single tickets for both performances start at $25 and are available at the Maryland Hall Box Office by calling 410-280-5640 or online at www.maylandhall.org. The Student Rush free ticket program is active for this concert. Students over 18 with valid IDs may visit the box office a half-hour before curtain to receive a free ticket. Students under 18 do not need a valid ID.
Live Arts Maryland is a non-profit arts organization that is passionate about making life in our community better by presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, Cantori, a women’s ensemble, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus. It is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.