Stillwater’s Town and Gown Theatre is set for its summer production of “Once Upon a Mattress” beginning June 20.
The production will run for 10 shows from June 20-24 and June 27 to July 1 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Director Shannon DeYong will make her directorial debut.
“It’s interesting because when I first thought about directing people told me two things,” DeYong said. “A, don’t do a musical and B, keep it to a small cast of 4 to 6. And that didn’t quite work out.”
DeYong said there are 22 actors in total.
“We’ve been working on it since the beginning of May,” DeYong said.
The musical comedy is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea”.
DeYong said auditions went well.
“I’ve been pretty amazed at the turnout,” DeYong said. “It’s really incredible. There’s probably been over 50 people who auditioned over three nights.”
The cast has been narrowed and the show is set to go on.
Valerie Kisling plays Queen Aggravain in the show.
“This will be my ninth show out there,” Kisling said. “I started in 2000. It’s always been a ton of fun working with the people out there and the directors.”
She said everyone is there because they enjoy it.
Kisling said there are a few things that set this show apart from others.
“Probably the most elaborately costumed show I’ve ever been in,” Kisling said.
Kyle Shifflett is the production’s costumer. Kisling said his work has brought a bright, Renaissance feel to the show.
The show features great entertainment for the entire family, songs and hilarious characters, DeYong said.
“I love watching them on stage and I’ve seen them do it over 50 times and I’m not tired of it,” DeYong said.
Kisling said the show has a high quality production that has gotten smoother with practice.
“We have our loyal audiences and we have the new people who are amazed that they had never been out before,” Kisling said. “They had no idea that something that good was coming out of community theater in a town this size.”
Kisling said she has been impressed with DeYong’s organization in her first directing assignment. She said you can’t tell it’s her first show.
DeYong said she’s confident that the show will entertain.
“I think people will love this show because even in the chorus they all have a character and they all bring something special to the show,” DeYong said. “It wouldn’t be the same without them.”
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students. $12 tickets are available for seniors who wish to attend the Sunday matinee. For more information, call (405) 372-9122.