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Ickle Pickle Productions is very excited to announce auditions for our January 2019 production Once Upon A Mattress will be held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September (limited audition times may be available on the evening of Monday 24th September).

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, Once Upon A Mattress opened off-Broadway in 1959 at the Phoenix Theatre before moving to Broadway for 460 performances at four different theatres.

If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for 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!

We are seeking experienced actors, singers and dancers (adults and ages 15 and up for lead roles and senior ensemble roles, with limited spots for ages 12 and up for junior ensemble roles) to help bring this show to Belconnen Theatre in January 2019.

Please read all of the information below carefully, consider the commitment in terms of rehearsals and the performances in January, and if after doing so you would like to book an audition email This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , with your full name, contact phone number, age (if under 18) and nominating your preferred day to audition.

Creative Team

Producer: Justin Watson

Director: Anita Davenport

Musical Director: Adam Bluhm

Choreographer: Jodi Hammond

Costume Designer: Fiona Leach

Set Designer: Steve Galenic

Vocal Coach: AJ America


Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.45pm to 9pm, and Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm.

Rehearsal Venues

Rehearsals will be held at Belconnen Community Centre, other venues as required.

First Rehearsal

Sunday 14th October, 2pm to 4.30pm

Final 2018 rehearsal

Wednesday 19th December, then we break for Christmas/New Year.

Production Week - January 2019

Sunday 6th   1.30pm – 6.30pm:      Tech run and rehearsal.

Monday 7th   6pm – 10pm:             Dress rehearsal.
Tuesday 8
th   6:00pm – 10pm:        Dress rehearsal.
Wednesday 9th   6:00pm – 10pm:  Dress rehearsal.
Thursday 10th   6:00pm – 10pm:    Dress rehearsal.

Performances - Belconnen Theatre, January 2019

Friday 11th   7pm
Saturday 12th   2pm
Sunday 13
th   2pm
Wednesday 16th   7pm
Thursday 17
th   2pm
Friday 18th   11am and 7pm
Saturday 19
th   2pm
Sunday 20th   2pm
Tuesday 22
nd   7pm
Wednesday 23rd   2pm
Thursday 24
th   11am

Friday 25th   11am and 7pm

Please note

Initially, not all cast members will be required at every rehearsal, however all cast members need to be available for all rehearsal days/times for the entire rehearsal period – i.e all Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, until advised they are not needed. The rehearsal schedule, and thus who will be required at each rehearsal, will develop as we progress.

All cast members are expected to attend all rehearsals as required. Please note on your audition form any dates that you are not available, and discuss this with the Production Team. With advance notice, some absences may be managed; however unexpected absences from rehearsals cause considerable delay and inconvenience, and accordingly the Production Team reserves the right to ask any cast member absent from rehearsals to leave the production.


Audition venue

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen.

Audition Dates

Saturday 22nd September

Junior Ensemble (12yrs and up): 12.15pm to 1.30pm (approx. 30 minutes per session).

Lead roles and Senior Ensemble: (15yrs and up): 1:45pm – 6.30pm (30 minutes per session).

Sunday 23rd September

Junior Ensemble (12yrs and up): 10am to 11.15am (approx. 30 minutes per session).

Lead roles and Senior Ensemble (15yrs and up): 11.30am – 5.30pm (30 minutes per session).

Monday 24th Septem
ber (limited availability)

Lead roles (15yrs and up): 6.15pm – 7.30pm (30 minutes per session)

Information for lead role auditionees (experienced performers aged 15+)

Acting, dancing and singing auditions for lead roles will be conducted in groups of 5 or 6 people. Allow an hour for your audition.


You will sing a song of your choosing. Please learn a song that shows your range, ability, and shows characterisation. We strongly suggest you practice your song thoroughly before your audition. Please bring a backing track on CD, iPod, phone, etc. Note there will not be an accompanist at auditions. There are many karaoke backing tracks available through iTunes and on YouTube. For time reasons, you may not be required to sing the whole song.


The Choreographer will teach auditionees a short routine. Please wear clothes that you feel comfortable dancing in.


You will read from excerpts from the script with other auditionees. The Director may ask you to read in a particular way, to see how you take direction and your interpretation.  

Information for junior ensemble roles auditionees

Auditions for junior ensemble roles will be conducted in groups of up to 10 people. Allow 30 minutes for your audition.

The audition panel will use a variety of games, movement/dancing and script reading to assess auditionees. Please wear clothes that you feel comfortable dancing/actively moving in.

Please note:

We have very limited audition slots available, and ask that only those with strong, recent stage experience who are available for all rehearsal and performance dates request an audition.

Please print and complete the audition form, and bring it with you to auditions.

Arrive about 10-15mins early to ensure you are relaxed and not late. We want to see you at your best at auditions, so try to relax and enjoy yourself, however remember you will also be assessed during auditions on your conduct, behaviour and how you work with others. Disruptive behaviour may result in you being asked to leave the audition and not be considered for the production.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be on the audition panel?

The Director, Choreographer, Musical Director and Producer.

When will call-backs be held?

Monday 24 September (if required)

When will I find out if I am successful?

We will email all auditionees, whether you are successful or not, by Friday 28th September.

Can my parents/sibling/best friend watch me audition?

No, sorry, however parents/guardians will be able to ask questions of the production team at the auditions.

Why are the audition panel writing during my audition?

The audition panel will be seeing many people during the audition period. They are making notes about your potential, performance, ability, suitability, etc. to remind them when it comes to casting. These notes are confidential.

What should I wear/bring to the audition?


Loose, comfortable and appropriate clothing that you can move in (not jeans). Layers are useful.

 Shoes that are suitable for movement and dancing (not sneakers or thongs).


Your completed audition form.

 A filled water bottle.

I’m not available on the audition dates. Is there another time I can audition?

Sorry, the listed dates are the only times we will be holding auditions.

I’m an adult with some stage experience. Can I audition for an ensemble role?

Yes, we are looking for experienced performers for senior ensemble roles aged 15 and up, including adults.

My ten year old son/daughter has done some theatre classes, and would love to be involved. Can they audition?

Due to limited audition slots, and the nature of the production, we are looking for experienced performers aged 12 and up. Note there are very limited junior ensemble roles in this production

My parent/sibling/family friend is interested in helping with the production. How could they assist?

Fantastic! Please mention it at the time of booking an audition or at any point during the rehearsal period. There are many ways of being involved in a show, working with our experienced Production Team leaders. e.g. crew, costumes, sourcing props, front of house, set construction, lighting, sound, painting, etc.

How do I book an audition?

Email your name, contact telephone number, age (if under 18) and whether you’re auditioning for a lead or ensemble role to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it with your preferred audition day. We will advise you your audition time, and will send you the audition form and other relevant information.

Cast of Characters



Principal Roles


Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (aka Fred):

 Vocal Range - G3-E5, Mezzo-Soprano/Belt.


Extensive acting and singing; most of it while on the move. Must have good comic timing; excel at physical comedy; and exemplify the word "energetic." Princess Winnifred is a friendly, down-to-earth, clumsy and extremely likeable tomboy. She has an upbeat attitude, is out-spoken, out-going, gutsy and strong. Fred doesn't give a hoot for the ways of royalty and will not stand on ceremony.



Queen Aggravain:

 Vocal Range – Ab3-B4, Mezzo Soprano/Alto.


 An excellent actress who has a stage presence that commands attention; and practically vibrates with negative energy. Has to talk very fast (but clearly) during a long "Mamalogue." Queen Aggravain is the wife of King Sextimus and the mother of Prince Dauntless. Conniving, imperious, bossy and over-bearing, the narcissistic Queen will stop at nothing to get her way.




 Prince Dauntless the Drab:

 Vocal Range – A2-G4, Baritone/Tenor.


Extensive singing. An excellent and energetic actor who has good comic timing. Must excel at physical comedy. The son of Queen Aggravain and King Sextimus the Silent, Dauntless is a mama's boy who meekly gives in to his dominating mother's wishes. Although he's likeable, good-natured and bright enough, our poor Prince is socially immature – almost childlike.



Supporting Roles


Lady Larkin:

Vocal Range – A3-G5, Soprano.


Extensive singing. Able to do simple steps while singing. Young and vulnerable Lady Larken is our damsel-in-distress. She's gentle, trusting, and loyal to the love-of-her-life, Sir Harry. Pregnant with his baby, but not married (as marriage is forbidden), lovely Larken still manages to personify innocence.



Sir Harry:

Vocal Range - C3-E4, Baritone.


Extensive singing. An excellent, energetic actor who enunciates and projects well and carries himself like a leader. Must be able to move while singing and learn simple dance steps. Brave Sir Harry is the highest-ranking Knight in the Kingdom and always gets the job done. He has stately manners and is cocky and career-oriented; but overall, Harry is a good man. Sir Harry loves Lady Larken, who is secretly pregnant with his child.


King Sextimus the Silent:

 Vocal Range – Mute.


Lots of stage time, but limited dialogue. Must excel at pantomime, especially over-the-top facial expressions and gestures. Should have good comic timing and enjoy physical comedy. Although the king does not sing, he participates in duets and trios through pantomime, which must be performed precisely on musical cues. A sense of rhythm is a big plus. Mute (because of a curse) until just before the finale, the aptly named King Sextimus communicates his thoughts, feelings and schemes through mime – often resembling a game of charades.




Vocal Range - C3-G#4, Tenor.


Extensive singing. Comfortable with some physical comedy. Must be able to smoothly segue back and forth from the narrator role (who speaks and sings directly to the audience) to a character in the story that relates only to the other characters. He's intelligent, inquisitive and a quick thinker who fits easily into new situations. A doer, not just a reporter, our minstrel is gutsy, has a sense of humor and admires Lady Larken.




Vocal Range – C3-F4, Tenor/Baritone.


Extensive singing, moderate dancing. A high-energy actor with good comic timing who excels at physical comedy and makes the most of his props. Ability to do tumbling or acrobatics is a plus, but not a must. The court comedian, our jester is bold, intelligent, energetic, a quick-thinker and a cool conniver. He's loyal to the mute King and has mastered how to communicate with him and interpret the King to others.




Vocal Range – Does not sing.


Does not have to sing but a sense of musical timing is a plus. A few simple magic or sleight-of-hand tricks would be a bonus or the willingness to learn (training and props will be provided). Ability to impersonate a modern TV quiz show host is a plus. The perfect role for an actor who doesn't sing, the Wizard is the Queen's "advisor". Often imperious and somewhat scary, our Wizard is actually a frustrated magician/showman currently doing a "Wizard gig."



 Featured Roles


 The Ladies in Waiting


The Ladies sing and dance and have extensive stage time throughout the show. The Ladies are all named, as follows:



Lady Rowena:

Singer and Dancer.


Rowena is the head Lady-in-Waiting. She is the epitome of a stately, courtly Lady and does her best to train the others in her image. This includes giving them her special "look" when their behavior is less than perfect. 



Lady Merrill:

Singer and Dancer.


Although stately and courtly most of the time, Lady Merrill can be excitable and has a down-to-earth side that shows up on rare occasions. 


 Lady Lucille:

Singer and Dancer.


Younger and less disciplined than Rowena or Merrill, Lady Lucille doesn't have as good a grip on her emotions and sometimes blurts out what she thinks. She is high-spirited and excitable and may have a nervous tick. 



Lady Beatrice–Court Dancer:

Singer and Featured Dancer.


 Lady Beatrice and her partner, Sir Harold, dance a lively duet and are featured in a production number. She is a stately and courtly Lady-in-Waiting who lights up when performing as Court Dancer.



Princess No. 12:

Actress; no singing or dancing.


Projects and enunciates well. Young and attractive, Princess #12 is innocent, eager and regal. (Will double in the ensemble)



Nightingale of Samarkand:

Vocal Range: Gb4-G5 High Soprano.


The singer of the court.



The Knights


The Knights sing and dance and have extensive stage time. They must be good actors. All Knights should enunciate and project well and carry themselves with pride. Some Knights are named, as follows:



Sir Studley: 

Singer and Dancer.



Sir Studley is next in rank under Sir Harry. A favorited of the Queen, he's pompous in court, but fun-loving behind the Queen's back.



Sir Luce:

Singer and Dancer.


Sir Luce is also stately in court but fun-loving when the Queen isn't looking. He's friends with Sir Studley and Sir Harry.



Sir Harold:

 A few lines and  Featured Dancer.


A courtly Knight when not letting loose on the dance floor, Sir Harold is a singer and a featured dancer (with Lady Beatrice) during a production number. They dance an energetic duet.





 (All Ages)



Junior Ensemble