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New River Stage presents

Music by Mary Rodgers Lyrics by Marshall Barer Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, Marshall Barer

Performed by arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein Music

Presented March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at Fieldstone United Methodist Church Christiansburg, Virginia Produced by HEATHER AND ALEX PARRISH Directed by CATHERINE BRESKE Assistant Director: CHALANI LEON GUERRERO Music Direction by RICHARD WHITLEY a NEW RIVER STAGE production

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Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. It opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to Broadway. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. The original production opened on May 11, 1959 at the off-Broadway Phoenix Theatre[2] (now closed, located on the Lower East Side), transferred later in the year to Broadway at the Alvin Theatre (now known as the Neil Simon Theatre) and then to several other Broadway theaters, finally playing at the St. James Theatre, for a total run of 460 performances. The musical was directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Joe Layton. Once Upon A Mattress marked the Broadway debut of later stage and TV legend Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. Also featured were Joseph Bova, Allen Case, Jack Gilford and Matt Mattox. Jane White played the role of Queen Aggravain, becoming the first AfricanAmerican actress to portray a white character on the Broadway stage. Jack Gilford played King Sextimus The Silent and was later replaced by Will Lee, Gilford’s standby, prior to the show’s move to Broadway. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical as well as a Best Leading Actress nomination for Carol Burnett. New River Stage is proud to be sharing in the history of his great show, and hopes that our production both entertains and enriches our patrons.

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CAST Joelle Shenk (Winnifred) Originally from Hagerstown, MD, Joelle came to VA after traveling 3 years with the New Life Drama Company, a professional traveling Sketch Drama Company based out of Cleveland, TN. Joelle teaches Children’s Production Theater, through New River Stage. In addition Joelle has taught Children’s and teen classes for Actors Anonymous Acting Studio in Christiansburg. This is Joelle’s fourth production in Community Theater. She is extremely excited to be a part of “Once Upon a Mattress” and feels honored to be able to be playing “Fred”. Thank you to everyone for their help and encouragement in making this show a success. Dear Audience, I appreciate you and hope you thoroughly enjoy the show! Devin Altizer (Dauntless) Devin Altizer is excited to be appearing in his second New River Stage production, having last appeared in Tom Sawyer. He is wrapping up his final semester at New River Community College, and will be transferring in the fall to pursue a Music or Theater degree. Past roles include: The Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”, The Random Jamaican Brother in “Joseph”, and William Barfee in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. He would like to thank his family for their support, and congratulate his fellow cast members on a job well done.

Monica Shelor (Queen Aggravaine) is pleased to be working with New River Stage once again! Past favorite rolls include: Laurie “Oklahoma”, Jean Lucas “Blazing Sabers”, Mabel “The Pajama Game”, and Cat in “The Emu’s Tale”. Monica enjoys teaching music and theatre in the area. In her spare time she likes to go for long walks on the beach, barefoot at sunset. She would like to thank everyone for their continued support of local theatre.

Bill Newton (King Sextimus the Silent) is making his third appearance with New River Stage, having previously performed in “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (Sheriff) and “The Fantasticks” (Henry). Since moving to the New River Valley in 1990, he has appeared with quite a few local production companies, most recently that of Myron Hassler in Summer Musical Enterprise’s production of “The Pajama Game.” In between shows, Bill sings with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, continues to do some research, tries his best to teach biochemistry to generations of Tech students and the laws of soccer to potential referees, does some soccer refereeing himself, and enjoys the company of his six children, ten granddaughters, five grandsons, wonderful friends, and lovely wife. Colleen Hinson (Lady Larken) loves to fly, high in the sky. She has a pair of wings which attach to the sides of her head, and she flies away. Sometime she hits the sun, and it burns her fingers. She also has very tan toes, but you can’t tell because she hides her feet under the feathers. Do you know the muffin man? Colleen would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her.

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CAST Daniel Lewis (Sir Harry) lives in constant fear that everyone will find out how much in love he is with Susan Boyle. The first time he heard her sing, he wept for 3 straight days. After that, he thought he could hide his love, but no, no no no, he could not. She kept popping up on the internet, and Daniel could not tear himself away. He’ll never own up to the fact that he has a life-size cutout of her at his house which he kisses hello every time he comes home.

Julian Cooper (Minstrel) has been singing in choirs since he was 7 years old, but only got interested in musical shows when he moved over to the USA. He has appeared in two SME productions, Kiss Me Kate and Anything Goes, and two NR Stage productions, Tom Sawyer and now, Once Upon a Mattress. He would like to thank his wife Jessica for her support and putting up with his rehearsal schedule.

Matt Chan (Wizard) is a graduate student studying Environmental Engineering. His current research concerns the implication of nanotechnology and science to the health of our environment. But none of you care about that. As far as theatre activities go, Matt is a newbie who dabbled a bit back in high school, but was also “Joe” (who had six lines) in 2010’s summer musical production of “Pajama Game” in Blacksburg. He would like to thank the production team for being crazy enough to cast him (not sure what they are smoking), his folks and friends for support, and his boss (who doesn’t know about this thing, please don’t tell him). Cyrus Pynn (Jester) is a Freshman Theater Major at Virginia Tech. He was most recently seen in the Virginia Tech Mainstage production of “The Good Person of Szechuan” as the Punk Rock stagehand and musician. Cyrus has performed for 8 years as an experienced fencer, percussionist, and self-taught juggler. People most recognize him with the statement, “Oh yeah, you’re the guy who balances stuff on his face.”

Brenna Bowyer (Emily / Wench) loves nothing more than theatre. In her sixteen years of existence, Brenna has been in over thirty five productions, some of which include the title character in “Anne of Green Gables” (HaeBo Productions), Karen in “Riding Out the Storm” (Camp Curtain Call), Amy Lawrence in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (New River Stage), and many, many more. Currently, Brenna attends Blacksburg High School as a junior. Brenna aspires to someday work as a resident actor at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. When she’s not onstage, she can be found on Facebook, watching SNL, or studying American Sign Language. Brenna would like to thank her incredible friends and family for supporting her and her busy schedule.


Act 2

Scene 1: A large room in a medieval castle

Scene 1: The castle, same day, that night

Scene 2: A castle corridor, the same day

Scene 2: A room in the castle, later that night

Scene 3: The castle courtyard, a mid-April morning three weeks later

Scene 3: A castle corridor, later that night

Scene 4: A castle corridor, later that day

Scene 5: A castle corridor, later that night

Scene 5: Winnifred’s dressing room, later that day

Scene 6: The same corridor, a few minutes later

Scene 6: A castle corridor, later that day

Scene 7: Winnifred’s bedchamber, later that night

Scene 7: Tents in the courtyard, late evening the same day

Scene 8: A castle corridor, the next morning

Scene 8: The courtyard, a few minutes later

Scene 4: The Wizard’s chamber, later that night

Scene 9: The Banquet Hall, a few minutes later

Scene 9: The Great Hall, immediately following

OTHER NRV THEATER Want to be involved in community theater? New River Stage is always looking for new faces. You can find us at, or email us at Here are a few others in the area you may also be interested in:

Summer Musical Enterprise Summer Musical Enterprise is pleased to announce their 20th production, Cinderella (Enchanted Edition), music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, II. This is based on the 1997 remake of the musical. There will be a number of special events planned to celebrate 20 years of Broadway Musicals in the New River Valley. Audition announcements and more information at

HaeBo Productions Established in 1997, HaeBo has produced more than 25 shows in the New River Valley. Current shows in production: Steel Magnolias Radford High School: March 18, 19 Gilbert Linkous Elementary School: March 25, 26, 27 Henry & Ramona: Gilbert Linkous Elementary, April 9, 10, 16 and 17 The House at Pooh Corner: Gilbert Linkous Elementary, May 7, 8, 14, 15. More information at

CAST Meija Eller (Lady in Waiting) has co-written 278 Lady Gaga songs, none of which Lady Gaga is aware of. She has also desiged 35 new outfits for Justin Bieber... which is also, totally unaware of. Meija prides herself in the sneaky nature of her songwriting and fashion design. She’s very excited to be a part of this show, but resents the fact that she gets shot out of the cannon for every performance. The doctor says that she may regain all of her memory. Debbie Campbell (Lady Mabelle) is making her New River Stage debut, but she is not new to performing. She has been performing in singing groups for many years. Besides singing, Debbie also has a passion for dancing and acting. She is able to incorporate all of those interests into her job as a guidance counselor at Kipps Elementary School. Special thanks to her family and her husband, Allen, for all of their love and support.

Taylor Dawson (Princess #12/ Lady Beatrice) is super excited to be performing in “Once Upon a Mattress”. Taylor absolutely fell in love with New River Stage after playing Becky Thatcher “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” last March. When Taylor isn’t on stage, she can be found singing obnoxiously or playing the piano. Taylor wants to thank every member of the cast and crew for making every rehearsal fresh and exciting!

Leigh Anne Byrd (Lady in Waiting) is excited to be performing with New River Stage in “Once Upon a Mattress.” She has had the opportunity to participate with several community productions throughout the years. Favorites include, Dolly Tate in “Annie Get Your Gun” and Sister Mary Leo in “Nunsense.” Leigh Anne has spent time serving on the board of Summer Musical Enterprise, as well as singing with the Choir and Praise Team at Blacksburg Baptist Church. Currently, Leigh Anne is a stay at home Mom for her two children, Emma and Drew. She wishes to thank her wonderful husband, David for all his love and support. Elizabeth Wright (Lady in Waiting) could not be more excited to be in this show. So great is her excitement, she screams almost constantly. And very loudly. In her free time, Elizabeth saddles up her pet snipe and rides him all the way to Mexico. When she gets there, she buys a burrito, which she immediately puts in her pocket. She always saves it for later, because you never know when you’re going to need a burrito. She has, thankfully, never been in a position of not having one. She has one in her pocket now, as well as several moldy particles of the one she bought last year.

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CAST Jennifer Nardine (Lady in Waiting) is making her 1000th stage appearance in Once Upon a Mattress, having previously appeared in 999 straight productions of “Being Helen Keller.” Jennifer enjoyed this show because it was done completely in the dark, and without sound, so that the viewer could fully appreciate life from Helen’s point of view. Jennifer played Helen’s mother in the 5th hour when the basset hound starts running around, barking silently. In her spare time, Jennifer sculpts with water. Christopher Elkins (Sir Harold) was ejected from his last gig at Disneyland after attempting to murder Mickey Mouse. According to Mickey’s lawyers, that is all that can be said about the altercation pending a court decision. In his free time, Chris chases zombies, makes snot bubbles, and teaches cats to tap dance. He is currently working on an empty food container collection, which contains unwashed, discarded food containers from over 500 restaurants in 27 different countries.

Luke Pickett (Knight) has acted in several shows, including Sideshow Productionsproduced “Check, Please” and “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged,” “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the Palanca Award (highest playwright award in the Philippines)-winning hip-hopera “When the Purple Settles” during his time at the College of William and Mary, a William and Mary TV miniseries called “FASA Heroes,” and most recently in Summer Musical Enterprise’s 2010 show “The Pajama Game” as Max. He is planning on returning to finish studying at the College of William and Mary in the near future, and possibly try to act into the big leagues afterward. He feels comforted in knowing that one of his role models, Arnold Schwarzenegger, did not act onscreen until age 29. Eric Wollmann (Knight) has the eyes of a hawk, the ears of the wolf, the strength of the bear, and the speed of a puma. This makes him a prime candidate to have either a comic book or a cartoon made about him, neither of which he has been able to get yet. He does keep trying, and is confident that if George Lucas ever figures out he’s alive, he will lift the restraining order and have a Star Wars character made in his honor.

Nick Sullivan (Knight) is 15 and goes to Blacksburg High. His chaotic household currently consists of his mother and father Kathy and Dan, his brother James, two cats Persia and Zora and finally the dog Murdock, who makes it his job to destroy every piece of furniture they own. Nick is new to the theater scene and finds himself loving every minute of it. He hopes you enjoy this production!

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PRODUCTION TEAM &ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Producers: Heather & Alex Parrish Director: Catherine Breske Asst. Director: Chalani Leon Guerrero Musical Director: Richard Whitley Technical Director: Steve Beatty Stage Manager: Cindy Stauffer

Set Building: Alex Parrish Robert Smith Dwayne Anderson Bill Huckle James Farmer

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NEW RIVER STAGE At its inception, New River Stage (NRS) was a division of Trisoul Productions, the latter having been launched informally in 2004 with a production of Godspell as a “soul-journey” for father Joe and daughter Kyla Trice. Courtney Thomas was the third founder of Trisoul Productions. Following the success of Godspell, the three founders decided to seek incorporation for Trisoul Productions as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) company in Virginia to provide a source community-based theatre and theatre/ performing arts education for children and youth. Trisoul Productions, Inc. was granted a Certificate of Incorporation in Virginia, March 7, 2007. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service granted tax-exempt status to the organization on October 31, 2007. During its 20072008 Season, New River Stage (NRS) was adopted as the name for the production wing of Trisoul. Even before formal incorporation and tax-exempt status for Trisoul was achieved, the organization, now joined by Robert Smith as the fourth original member, began an extensive series of adult and children productions and summer youth camps. Twelve productions were mounted from December 2006

through June 2009 under the leadership of Artistic Director Kyla Trice. In addition, Kyla served as Director for summer youth camps and after-school performing arts workshops for children through July 2009. NRS also successfully organized trips for the public to attend various professional theatrical performances in the tri-state area. NRS’s 2008-2009 season was one of remarkable productivity, administratively as well as creatively. The Board increased its membership to seven, appointed a treasurer and secretary, acquired the donated services of a professional accountant and legal council, and sought the expert advice of community theater consultant Tony Distler. Local grant funding was obtained and made available for student scholarships to attend our children’s summer camps and afterschool workshops. A highly successful auction fundraiser was planned and executed in October, 2008. The NRS interactive website was updated and improved, and a dedicated telephone contact number for the public was established. NRS bestowed its first achievement awards in June 2009 to two high school seniors for their noteworthy talents and contributions


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New River Stage "Once Upon a Mattress" program  

Single-color work for a free program, given out at shows. Much of the ad design (including the Bell Electric ad) is mine as well. Several o...