Once Upon A Mattress: Singleton resident helping put spin on classic tale


Paige Montebello (Princess Winnifred) with Lincoln Tapping (Prince Dauntless).        Picture: Zoe Jay
Paige Montebello (Princess Winnifred) with Lincoln Tapping (Prince Dauntless).        Picture: Zoe Jay

SINGLETON resident Paige Montebello is appearing in a raucous, romantic and melodic spin on the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Princess and the Pea in April.

Once Upon A Mattress is a whimsical musical comedy directed by Adam Salathiel.

It’s the story of a lonely mummy’s boy prince and an overbearing queen hell bent on protecting her son and kingdom.

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With time working against some of the ladies in waiting, Sir Harry must scour the land looking for the last remaining princess to marry the prince.

A mid-90s Broadway revival starred Sarah Jessica Parker and a 2005 Disney television version featured Zooey Deschanel and Tracey Ullman.

Year 9 Kolbe Catholic College student Paige (14) plays Princess Winnifred.

“My hardest task in the show will be climbing on to 20 soft, downy mattresses,’’ she said.

Performing since she was seven, her first role was a lamb in Charlotte’s Web and she has since appeared in 10 musicals at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Koorliny Arts Centre and Murray Music and Drama Club.

Director Salathiel described Once Upon a Mattress as a true Disney-style family style show.

WHAT: Once Upon a Mattress
WHERE: Koorliny Arts Centre
WHEN: April 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21 with matinees on April 8, 15 and 22
TICKETS: 9467 7118 or www.koorliny.com.au