Open Auditions Scheduled for WWU’s First Theatre Production of Season

Open auditions for William Woods University’s first theatre production of the 2006-2007 season, “Once Upon a Mattress” will be held Aug. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.


All area high school students, William Woods University and Westminster College students and community adults are welcome to audition. There are no children’s roles available.


Roles exist for five principal men, three principal women, one featured woman and one featured man, plus a singing and dancing ensemble of several small roles. To be considered for a role, participants must be available to attend the auditions on both Aug. 21 and 22.


All actors must prepare a one-minute comedy monologue and 16 bars of any Broadway musical comedy song. Bring sheet music with the cuts already marked or an accompaniment tape. Participants will not be allowed to sing a cappella, nor any selections from the show.


Wear clothes that allow freedom of movement without creating concern for modesty and decorum. Dancers should not hide their bodies beneath loose clothing, but should wear appropriate dance attire that features movement. Avoid noisy footwear and jewelry.


After everyone has presented their musical selection and monologue, music from the show will be taught. The show music will be sung in groups first and then individually for the director, musical director and choreographer. The choreographer will teach a combination of dance steps and movements to perform, first in a group and then solo. Everyone must dance and move.

Aug. 23 will be call backs by invitation only. During call backs, participants will be asked to read and sing from the libretto of the show.


“Once Upon a Mattress” is the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” re-worked by Broadway into a rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance. There is plenty of great music, hilarious and raucous comedy and good old romance. This musical favorite will provide plenty of side-splitting entertainment for the whole family.


Music is by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. The book is by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.


Perusal scripts are available at Dulany Library on the William Woods campus. For more information, call the theatre office at 592-4281.

Contact: Joe Potter, Professor and Artistic Director of Theatre at 573-592-4281.