Once Upon A Matress

Category : Fine Arts

Horizon High School Theater Presents Once Upon A Mattress

Wednesday , March 04 , 2020

Teacher Joan Colson and her theater students

The 56th Street Players and the Horizon High School Theater Department, under the direction of Joan Colson, will perform the musical Once Upon A Mattress

After 30 years of teaching, Horizon High School’s beloved drama teacher Ms. Colson is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. You won’t want to miss Ms. Colson’s final curtain call!

About the Musical

Once Upon A Mattress is based on the famous fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Because of her noble birth, the Princess is unable to sleep on a bed of many mattresses when a tiny pea is placed underneath the bottom mattress.

The story begins in a faraway kingdom long ago. Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. 

Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to 'shut up' which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well. 

Performance Schedule

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, March 5th-7th at 7 p.m. 

Performances are open to the public and are held in the Performing Arts Center at Horizon High School (get directions).


Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the school’s online webstore or at the door (cash only).