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Open Auditions

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LVLT announces open auditions for “Once Upon a Mattress” 

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer

Directed by Walter Niejadlik & Gillen Brey

Musical Director - Toby McEvoy

Choreographer - Hallie Lyons

Disclaimer: LVLT does NOT pay - We are an entirely volunteer organization!


Audition Dates: In-person auditions will take place on Monday, April 29 & Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30-9pm.

Location: Las Vegas Little Theatre 3920 Schiff Dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89103

Performance Dates: July 12 – 28, 2024 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm, and Saturday Matinees on July 20 & 27 at 2pm. Rehearsal begin immediately and are held in the evenings on weekdays and some weekend afternoons.

Show Description: 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 Larken and Sir Harry to the altar? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by 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.

All roles are available. Please prepare a song from the show (see suggestions below by role) or a song that best shows your voice in a similar broadway style.  Please bring sheet music in your key if you are singing a song that is NOT from the show.   You should be prepared to move and there will be cold readings from the script. 

Queen Aggravain (Alto / Mezzo) - Any Ethnicity; The wife of King Sextimus and mother of Prince Dauntless; arrogant, territorial of her son, and in constant disagreement with the King despite his not being able to talk; with the Wizard, she creates impossible tests that eligible princesses must pass in order to marry the Prince - she has decreed that no one in the kingdom may wed until the prince does.  Lively and domineering.

Audition Song: Sensitivity or Shy

King Sextimus - Any Ethnicity; The husband of Queen Aggravain, father of Prince Dauntless, and friend of the Jester and Minstrel; he cannot speak due to a curse, and communicates via gestures.  Kind, expressive, playful and comedic character.

Prince Dauntless (Baritone) - The son of Queen Aggravain and King Sextimus, who is slightly childlike, and eager to fall in love.  Naïve, with a likeable sense of innocence.  He adores Fred and is in awe of her.

Audition Song: Man to Man Talk

Princess Winnifred (mezzo with a strong belt) - A princess who comes from the swamps. She is slightly charming, off-beat, and slightly naive, and much less refined than the rest of the castle's residents.

Audition Song: Shy


The Minstrel (tenor) - The narrator of the story - clever, kind, and smart.  Likeable and cunning.

Audition Song: Many Moons Ago

Wizard - Either Gender - Any Ethnicity; The Queen's minion and puts her tests for the princesses in action.  An egotistical, ex-performer.

The Jester (Tenor / Soprano) - Either Gender - Friends with the King and the Minstrel, and translates for the King frequently.  Energetic with a hidden passion for show business.  Plots with the Minstrel to spoil the queen’s plans.

Audition Song: Normandy

Sir Harry (Baritone) - The noble knight of the kingdom, who is in love with Lady Larken.Chivalrous, brave, determined and a bit taken with himself.

Audition Song: Yesterday I Loved You

Lady Larken (Soprano) - The very kind and refined nobility, who wishes to be married with Sir Harry, and carries his child. Graceful, charming and eager to please.

Audition Song: Opening for a Princess or Yesterday I Loved You

The Ensemble is roughly 5 woman – 5 men who play Lords, Ladies and wenches too.

Please choose a song from above to sing or prepare your own song.

Headshots and resumes are accepted but are not required. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the theatre at 702-362-7996 or email us at

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