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  • The Joliet Drama Guild did not lie down when it presented Once Upon A Mattress, by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer and Mary Rodgers inside the Bicentennial Park Theatre on August 1, 2, 8, & 9, 2008 at 8 p.m. and August 3 & 10, 2008 at 2 p.m.  

    Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Furthermore, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and takes the test, which will prove that she is a real princess: sleeping atop a stack of mattresses under which has been placed a pea.  If she can't sleep, she is a true princess.

    Directors Jan and Tom Novotny, music director Marty Kaspar, and Assistant Director Clare Branson have assembled a wonderfully talented cast for this musical based on a the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the Princess and the Pea.  Brenda Gilmore and Marty Kaspar are the shows a Producers.  They will be assisted in this endeavor by Stage Manager Marie Salvaggione and Assistant Stage Manager Joe Christopher.  Costumes are furnished by Rae H. Williams and Illusions Costume Company, with Winifred's dress and the Jester costumes furnished by Josie O'Kain Costume Shop, and a few by the cast members themselves.

    The cast is announced as follows:
  • Winnifred The Woebegone

    Holly Kilgore

    Prince Dauntless

    Kevin Healy

    Lady Larken

    Kristina Wilson

    Sir Harry

    Daniel Hahn-Boisvert

    Queen¬ Aggravian

    Robin Christopher

    King¬ Sextimus

    Eric Sipe


    Dan Jagodzinski


    Mark Talsma


    Bob Murphy

    Lady Rowena

    Brenda Hahn-Boisvert

    Lady Merrill

    Therese Miller

    Lady Lucille

    Emily Seymour

    1st Knight¬ 

    Jim Clauer

    2nd Knight¬ 

    Robert Hackett

    3rd Knight¬ 

    Paul Welsch

    4th Knight¬ 

    Martin Jamison

    Sir Studley

    Jordan Jeske

    Sir Luce

    Victor Flores

    Lady H.

    Tina Matriciano

    Princess #12

    Claire Healy


    Katie Binns, Chris Campos,
    Audra DiGerlando, Amanda Kochanny,
    Ellen McDonald, Jill Parrish, Olivia Sipe,
    Kelly Steik, Karlie Traversa, Deana Vasquez

    Young Ladies-in-Waiting

    Kaeli Binns, Ashleigh Campos,
    Katherine Hahn-Boisvert, Ella Miller

  • The Queen (Robin Christopher) gives orders to young Ladies in Waiting  (Kaeli Binns & Ashleigh Campos)
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  • Winnifred (Holly Kilgore) meets the Larken girl (Kristina Wilson)
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  • Young Ladies in Waiting (Kaeli Binns & Ashleigh Campos)
  • Additional Pictures:
  • Thanks to Jan Novotny for the photographs.

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