Audition for ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ in February

The Phoenix Players have scheduled open auditions for their second musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” which will be performed in June. Auditions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12-13 at the Clintonville United Methodist Church, 24 13th St., Clintonville.

The musical, considered a great community theater show, has entertained audiences young and old since it opened off-Broadway in 1959, starring Carol Burnett in the lead role of Princess Winnifred. It is based on the book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.

“We had such a great response from the community after our first show, ‘Christmas … On The Air,’” said Brandon Byng, creative director for the Phoenix Players. “We were overwhelmed by the support, and we are very excited to get started on our next production.”

“We have so much talent in our area,” said Mary-Beth Kuester, the troupe’s producer. “We hope that old and new faces come to auditions and join the fun.”

Performers ages 13 and older are welcome to audition and are asked to prepare an upbeat song to sing from a musical other than “Once Upon a Mattress.” Selections should be no longer than two minutes in length; a capella auditions will not be permitted. A short dance routine is also part of the audition, so please wear comfortable shoes. Rehearsals will generally be held three times per week, on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning in February. Show dates are scheduled for June 1-3 and June 8-10; performers are asked to consider their availability and level of commitment before auditioning.

The Phoenix Players are also looking for volunteers to help backstage and front of house, as well as costumers, choreographers, set builders and painters, props masters and more. Individuals and families are encouraged to get involved in this community theater production. For information, call Byng at 920-393-5324 or visit the Phoenix Players’ Facebook page.