Choral & Classroom

Once Upon a Mattress Musical - Getting To Know Collection


A Brand New Adaptation by iTheatrics

Music by Mary Rodgers

Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer

Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Overview / Synopsis

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. Getting To Know... Once Upon A Mattress is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater.

Run Time: Approximately 50-70 minutes

A note from iTheatrics about this new adaptation:

In each iTheatrics adaptation, we pay special attention to making the material achievable for elementary and middle school students. We modify the music to fit young voices, shorten the running time of the show to make it less daunting for busy educators, and adapt the script to ensure that it's appropriate for the age group (while staying as true as possible to the original story). iTheatrics' adaptations include key points for directors and educators, advice on how to stage tricky sequences, and a number of suggestions and tips from our experience in the field. Every iTheatrics adaptation is workshopped with age-appropriate performers so that we can accurately advise teachers on the challenges they may face during their productions. Every adaptation is vetted both by the iTheatrics team and real, in-the-field teachers and students - and if they can do it, so can you!

Perusal Pack - HL00125290 $15.00

Production Pack - HL00125282 $650.00

This Production Pack includes:

  • 1 Piano / Vocal Score
  • 30 Student Scripts
  • 1 Production Guide
  • 1 Vocal Tracks CD
  • 1 Accompaniment Tracks CD
  • 1 Guide to Choreography & Staging Disc
  • 1 Digital Resources Disc
  • Instant Digital Download
Individual Components

00125283 - Piano/Vocal Score $50.00

00125284 - Student Script $10.00

00125285 - Student Script 10-pak $50.00

00125286 - Production Guide $50.00

00125287 - Guide to Choreography & Staging $25.00

00125288 - Vocal Tracks CD $25.00

00125289 - Accompaniment Tracks CD $50.00

00125290 - Perusal Pack $15.00

00125291 - Digital Resources Disc $25.00

Special Feature: Digital Downloads!

Once you have been approved for a license, you will receive an email from the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization welcoming you to the Getting To Know... family. This email will include a download link for the following digital resources:

  • Audition-ready materials, including ready-to-print, show-specific audition music, scenes, and even specially created audition accompaniment tracks (Audition accompanist optional!)
  • Show-specific information, including a music cue sheet, props list, scene-by-scene set breakdown, a list of costumes by character, and official show artwork
  • A digital copy of the Production Guide, which you can use on your tablets and mobile devices
  • A complete set of Vocal Tracks for the show - start your rehearsals now!
By accessing these digital resources, you can begin the process of planning your show, and even hold auditions.

New Production Pack Resources:

iTheatrics built on the strength of the original Getting To Know... resources and brought them up to date with the best practices from the field. Materials are streamlined and consist of:

  • Production Guide
  • Student Scripts
  • Piano/Vocal Score
  • Accompaniment and Vocal Tracks
  • Guide to Choreography and Staging DVD
  • Digital Resources Disc.
This means fewer physical books for you to carry. It also means that the resources you need most in rehearsals like Vocal Tracks and the Production Guide can be uploaded onto your mobile device. Forgot your Production Guide? No worries, you can now access it on your iPad. This is an industry first, and something that will make putting on a show with young people even better!

Many Moons Ago

[Dauntless, Minstrel, Jester, King, Queen, Ensemble]

SCENE 1: The Grand Hall in the Castle
Opening for a Princess

[Dauntless, Larken, Rowena, Lucille, Knights, Ladies]

SCENE 2: A Corridor in the Castle
Reprise: Many Moon Ago

[Winnifred, Ensemble]

SCENE 3: The Grand Hall

[Winnifred, 1st Knight, 2nd Knight, 3rd Knight, Dauntless, Queen, Knights, Ladies]

SCENE 4: The Corridor

[Queen, Wizard]

SCENE 5: Winnifred's Bedchamber
The Swamps of Home

[Winnifred, Ladies, Dauntless]

SCENE 6: The Corridor
The Minstrel, the Jester and I

[Minstrel, Jester, King]

SCENE 7: Winnifred's Bedchamber
Happily Ever After

[Winnifred, Larken, Lucille, Rowena, Ladies]

SCENE 8: The Corridor
Spanish Panic

Yesterday I Loved You

SCENE 9: The Grand Hall
Song Of Love

[Dauntless, Winnifred, Ensemble]

SCENE 10: The Corridor
Quiet (Part 1)

[Queen, Ensemble]

Quiet (Part 2)

[Queen, Ensemble]

SCENE 11: The Corridor

[Minstrel, Ensemble]

Princess Winnifred the Woebegone

Princess Winnifred the Woebegone - is down-to-earth and without pretensions. Unlike what you might expect from of a princess, Winnifred is just an ordinary, high spirited girl. Having grown up in the swamps, she doesn't conduct herself in the formal way the others in the castle do. It is her natural, ingenuous quality that sets her apart from the other Ladies of the kingdom and makes Dauntless fall in love with her.

Prince Dauntless the Drab

Prince Dauntless the Drab - as him name implies, is kind of a sad-sack and somewhat listless. Although his overbearing mother controls his life and he is an obedient son, he still has hopes of someday finding a girl to marry of whom his mother will approve. Like Winnifred, he is honest and sincere. She gives him confidence in himself and within the course of the musical, we see him grow in self-assurance until he is finally able to confront his mother.

Queen Aggravain

Queen Aggravain - as her name suggests, is extremely vain, believing that her way of doing things is the only way. She is devoted to her son, Dauntless, and has no intention of ever allowing him to leave her or to have another woman in his life. She selfishly dominates everything that happens in the castle, never considering the feelings of others.

The Silent King

The Silent King - has been brow-beaten by the Queen and is very passive. He has learned that it is easier just to let the Queen have her own way than to fight her. Because he has not been able to speak for so long, he has learned to communicate through pantomime, or gestures. He loves his son and sympathizes with him but realizes he can do little to help him. Despite his frustrations, he is extremely good natured.

Lady Larken

Lady Larken - is a sweet girl but, perhaps because she is in love but unable to marry, she tends to be oversensitive. She is extremely frustrated that she can't marry Harry, but also extremely excited at the opportunity to be Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Winnifred. Of all the Ladies, it is Larken who most hopes that Winnifred will pass the test.

Sir Harry

Sir Harry - is a regular guy and, like Larken, is eager for Dauntless to find a bride so that he and Larken can marry. He is brave and dedicated enough to venture on a "perilous journey" in hopes of finding a genuine princess whom the Queen will find suitable as a bride for Dauntless.

The Minstrel and The Jester

The Minstrel and The Jester - are court entertainers and they have a great sense of joy in what they do. They sometimes serve as narrators and are assured in their ability to tell the story with authority. There is also something playful and mischievous about them. Either role may be played by a boy or girl.

The Wizard

The Wizard - is the Queen's confidant, her only friend and therefore the only person she can really talk to. However, he, like everyone else in the kingdom, is apprehensive of the Queen and would never have to courage to contradict her.


Lady Lucille

Sir Studley

Lady Rowena

Lady Beatrice

Sir Harold

Princess No. 12

Ladies and Knights of the Kingdom