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ACT Presents...Once Upon A Mattress

Artists Collaborative Theatre is known in the area for its history of excellence, and our audiences have come to expect that each season will be packed full of side-splitting comedies, heartfelt dramas, and “better than Broadway” musicals. Each year, our company and patrons anxiously anticipate the season announcement, waiting so see what fantastic productions await in the upcoming year, with many patrons purchasing season passes the moment they become available.

The 2014-2015 Season announcement was our most anticipated to date and was met with much excitement and celebration when we listed the upcoming productions: Smoke on the Mountain, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas: The Musical, August: Osage County, The Little Mermaid, Chicago, and Home of the Great Pecan.

Four weeks from the opening weekend of the production of Chicago, the licensing company informed us that they unfortunately had to pull all licenses nationwide to perform Chicago due to its current success on Broadway and Chicago had been declared the most restricted production in their library.

So ACT went into problem solving mode. We selected a new show, held emergency auditions, put together a phenomenal cast, and dove headfirst into a whirlwind rehearsal process. The cast learned music, blocking, and choreography in record time, while the tech crew performed nothing short of miracles to design and build a fairytale castle and construct Renaissance-era costumes for a cast of over 25 actors! The last time we saw costume mistress, Pam Stewart, she was being swallowed by a mountain of brocade and purple braiding. Over the past weeks, all hands have been on deck at ACT, with the entire company rallying together and volunteering long hours and tons of energy and enthusiasm to present Once Upon a Mattress!!! We have once again been reminded to trust the process and each other and know things will work out exactly the way they were intended to be.

So without any further ado, ACT Theatre is proud to present the Opening of our spring musical, Once Upon A Mattress! Can you hear the trumpets sounding?

Written by Mary Rogers, Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, & Marshall Barer and made popular by comedic icon Carol Burnett, Once Upon a Mattress presents a familiar fairy tale in a hilarious new light. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping 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!

Don’t miss out on the chance to see this amazing production made possible by community effort, team spirit, and unquantifiable hard work! Make sure to see your favorite ACT actors in this Carol Burnett classic from 1964 and 2005. The show runs May 14th – June 7th, 2015, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm. * There will be no show on Saturday June 6. Tickets are only $9, and are available at the door, by calling (606) 422-7333 or online at Group prices are available for groups more than 15.

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