Campbellsville University to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Campbellsville University to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’“Once Upon a Mattress” is the next musical installment Campbellsville University’s theater department will be producing. The play will be presented in the Russ Mobley Theater of the Alumni Building at 114 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

Performances are Homecoming weekend, Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7.

Starr Garrett, associate professor of theater and theater director, said, “‘Once Upon A Mattress’ is a fun, musical reimagining of the Princess and the Pea story.”

The production is by Community Trust Bank, Campbellsville University Theater and Town Hall Productions and will be Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

According to, “If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Carried on a wave of wonderful 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.”

The cast and crew include the following, Minstrel- Matt McDougal, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Queen Aggravain- Natalie Shadrick, Paducah, Ky.; King Sextimus- Nathan Puckett, Bardstown, Ky.; Prince Dauntless- Caleb Cunigan, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Princess Winnifred- Diandra Sallee, Lexington, Ky.;

Wizard- Noah Hutchins, Springfield, Ky.; Lady Larken- Anna Peterson; Prince Harry- Joseph Mattingly, Loretto, Ky.; Jester- Daniel Bannister, Glasgow, Ky.; Princess #12, Beatrice and Lady- Hollie Nall, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Lady Rowen- Janae Boling, Crestwood, Ky.;

Lady Merril- Olivia Helm, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Lady Lucille- Kaitlyn Wallace, Louisville, Ky.; Lady Mabelle- Charlotte Archer, Columbia, Ky.; 1st Knight and Sir Luce- Matthew Hutchins, Campbellsville, Ky.; 2nd Knight and Sir Studley- James Mattingly, Danville, Ky.;

3rd Knight- Connor Thrasher, Johnson City, Tenn.; Kitchen Wench- Holly Durham, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Emily- Holly Jo Evans, Barbourville, Ky.

The crew consists of the following: dramaturg- Natalie Shadrick, Paducah, Ky.; stage manager- Taylor Howard, Winchester, Ky.; assistant stage manager, paint crew- Amanda Frye, Franklin, Ky.; costume designer, costume shop manager- Hayley Saylor, Campbellsville, Ky.; prop master- Cody Campbell, LaGrange, Ky.; paint and set crew- Ezra Burton of Somerset, Ky., and Kenya Sloan, Knoxville, Tenn.;

Stitcher and wardrobe crew- Jaleel Cowan of Campbellsville, Ky.; stitcher- Sarah Peterson of Burkesville, Ky.; prop crew- Anna Peterson, Campbellsville, Ky.; sound board operator- Betta Kim, Elizabethtown, Ky.; and dance captain- Hollie Nall of Elizabethtown, Ky.

Corporate sponsors are Brothers, Colton’s, The Spoke Easy, H & C Law Group, PLLC, A Different Drummer Dance, Campbellsville Dental Care, Dr. Ray Roberts: Chiropractor, Ken Keltner: State Farm Insurance, Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home and Tucker Diamonds & Gold.

Tickets are on sale now at by calling (270) 789-5266 or visiting General admission is $10; seniors, 65 and older, and children, 12 and under, are $7; Campbellsville University employees are $5; and CU students are free with their CU ID. Online ticket sales end at noon on the day of the presentation. You can purchase tickets online at

For more information, email or call (270) 789-5266.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering more than 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with Kentucky instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville, and nationally in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, Jacksonville, Fla. and Chicago. The university also has a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is

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