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Not a "Drab" Play

Jane Austen said it best in "Pride and Prejudice" "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." That "fact" is no less true for Prince Dauntless the Drab, one of the characters in "Once Upon a Mattress," the Averett theatre department's final production of the season. The theatre and music departments will perform the musical comedy March 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. March 28 in Pritchett Auditorium. Faculty and staff receive two free tickets to the performance.

Based on "The Princess and the Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" tells the story of the devious Queen Aggravaine and her rule. In an effort to find a wife for her son, Prince Dauntless, she puts a number of princesses through unpassable tests. Dauntless begins to believe he will never marry until the thirteenth princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, arrives on the scene. While Dauntless and the rest of the kingdom fall under Winnifred's charm, the queen is not so easily won over. True to form, she devises a test for Winnifred to pass. To find out what happens to Winnifred and Dauntless, come see the play.

"Once Upon a Mattress" was written as a shorter play at the Tamiment adult summer camp resort and later expanded for the Broadway stage. It opened off Broadway on May 11, 1959 and then moved to Broadway.

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