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ACT is calling on the community

Singers and actors (16+), 

behind-the-scenes volunteers:

crew, set construction, props, costumes, makeup & more.


August 25 - 27

You must sign up for an audition slot online, button above. Cast members must be 16+ years old for this year's show. Please fill out and bring Audition Form.

Email or call an ACT representative with questions or to learn more about volunteer positions - 970-924-0639,

Once Upon A Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer,

Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller

Many moons ago in a far-off place, Queen Aggravain decreed no couples could marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, found a bride. Princesses came from far and wide to win the hand of the prince, but none could pass the impossible tests given to them by the Queen. That is, until the “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, showed up. Would she be able to pass the Sensitivity Test, marry her prince and help Lady Larkin and Sir Harry to the altar? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, but turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. For after all, a princess is a delicate thing.






Friday, August 25th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

& Saturday, August 26th, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Black Box Theatre - Aspen High School


Sunday, August 27th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Black Box Theatre - Aspen High School


Sept 12th start date

General schedule: Mondays - Fridays from 6:30pm-9:30pm

shortened schedule in September with

extended schedule during tech week


Wheeler Opera House

October 27, 28, 29 & November 3, 4, 5

Sunday shows are matinees

Audition Roles:


The Ladies-in-Waiting and Knights and are all waiting for the Prince to get married so that THEY can get married to each other. These are character roles and are not just part of the chorus.

Queen’s Ladies-in-waiting: Lady Rowena, Lady Merrill, Lady Lucille, Lady Helena, Lady Sarah

Knights: Sir Luce, Sir Russell, Sir Michael, Sir Humphrey

Kitchen Wench: A woman chased around the castle by King Sextimus

Emily (chambermaid), Soldiers, Servants, Musicians


The handsome narrator of the story, as well as in the musical story line. He becomes smitten with Lady Larken and tries to persuade her to flee to Normandy with him. He and the Jester join forces to stop the Queen's plans.

Princess No. 12

She is the first Princess that the audience sees who is performing the rounds of tests. Very eager, smart, thinks well on her feet – of course the Prince wants to marry her.


The egotistical, ex-performer who directly serves the Queen. He is the Queen’s Henchman and thinks of all the Princess’ tests. He prides himself in his position and basically obeys all of the Queen’s orders.

Lady Larken

Is the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting but is put in charge of Princess Winnifred. She is madly in love with Sir Harry and desperately wants to marry him because she is pregnant with his baby. She tries to flee the Kingdom after having an argument with Sir Harry but is convinced by Winnifred to reunite with him.

Queen Aggravain

The loud, talkative woman who really rules the country. She is an overprotective, stubborn, sly Mom who is trying to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, from getting married.

Prince Dauntless

A nice, not too smart, everyday type of young Prince who desperately wants to get married but is prevented by his mother's strict tests that she gives to all potential candidates.

King Sextimus the Silent

A kind, expressive, playful, and comedic character who is silent due to a curse placed upon him by a witch before the birth of Dauntless. He likes to chase girls through the corridors of the castle. Needs good improv skills.


An energetic and peppy man who is the King's right-hand man and assists him with every endeavor. The Jester also plots with the Minstrel to spoil the Queen's plans.

Sir Harry

He is the Queen’s Champion-in-Arms - the Lancelot of Knights - the macho, slightly egotistical, brave, romantic knight who decides to leave the kingdom to search for a princess and finds Princess Winnifred in the swamp. Easily jealous but loves Lady Larken with all his heart. Harry cannot marry Lady Larken until Prince Dauntless has found a suitable bride.

Princess Winnifred the Woebegone

A feisty, outspoken, independent, strong, optimistic, and free-thinking princess from the swamp lands. She isn’t too good with manners. She wants to get married but must go through the queen's unfair test as well. The Prince, naturally, falls madly in love with her.

Sir Studley

A member of the court who dances.

Lady Mabelle

She’s French and doesn’t understand English to well – she just tends to say “Yes” a lot.


Nightengale of Smarkand

A royal pet that sings a lullaby to put Winnifred to sleep.

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