The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre present Once Upon A Mattress. The production (appropriate for ages 12 and above) will have three performances: July 26 and July 27 at 7:30pm and July 28 at 2:00pm. The production will be directed by Danielle Constance* with musical direction by Jane Keitel* (both members of the professional Actors’ Equity Association) and Karen Romero. The cast features youth and adult performers: Rob Bazaral, Kasey Colligan, Raymond Shinn, Brian Lang, Katharine Brundage, Loren Donnelly, Alex Post, Larry Bissett, Aaron Shinn, Melissa Barry, Nile Marks, Noah Kudman, Andrew Shinn, Lauren Emmerich, Najah Johnson*, Suditi Rahematpura, Tianna Butcher. Single tickets are on sale now $10 for adults and $5 for students/child. For tickets, call the box office at 973-514-1787 X31. There will no charge for Senior Citizens who should call the Senior Center at 973-593-3095 to secure their tickets. Performances will take place at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue in Madison, NJ.

If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? 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 music will be played by a live band including professional drummer, Russ DiBona, percussion by Madison High School student, Andrew Benton, and keyboards by professional actress/musician, Jane Keitel and music teacher, Karen Romero.

“This partnership with the Borough of Madison Recreation Department is a great example of how non-profit organizations and government can collaborate to keep the cultural quality of life healthy,” said John Pietrowski, Playwrights Theatre’s Artistic Director. “These talented student artists are working really hard to put on a great show. We hope everyone will come out and see it.”

Once Upon A Mattress is the second co-production between The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre, which has been located in Madison for 26 years. Madison High School student, Olivia Boisnier, and Drew University student, Dana Bishop, are the Stage Managers. James Sullivan is technical director, and Remy Starker is choreographing the dance sequences. Kasey Colligan and Brian Lang are also directing the upcoming Show Stoppers with younger students for the Recreation Department. The production is also supported by the Borough of Madison’s Jim Burnet, and Director of Recreation, Zach Ellis.