Stage life

Members of the court sing about the need for a princess during the Theatre 29 production of "Once Upon A Mattress."

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The musical comedy “Once Upon a Mattress” will continue weekends at Theatre 29 through Dec. 15.

The curtain opens at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

The musical opened with a fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin, which made almost $1,500 before expenses, theater president Gary Daigneault said.

“Once Upon a Mattress,” which got its start on Broadway in 1959 featuring Carol Burnett, is based on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” by Hans Christian Anderson.

According to artistic and musical director Kathryn Ferguson, the musical was an easy choice because of the strong female characters and the important story told through humor and music.

“With this play, there are a lot of absurd stereotypes,” Ferguson said. “The lead character, Princess Winnifred, certainly exceeds expectations of what a princess should be.”

Ferguson’s biggest challenge was costuming around 30 performers. All the costumes were made from scratch for this production, and some have elaborate details, she said.

Kylie Robinson and Noah Wahlberg are cast as Princess Winnifred and Prince Dauntless, her suitor.

Kelly Ebsary plays Queen Aggravain and Cruz Jimenez is King Sextimus.

The wizard is played by Robert Ames, Kevin Myers is the king’s favorite jester and the minstrel is portrayed by Charles Harvey. 

Star-crossed lovers Lady Larkin and Sir Harry are played by Theatre 29 newcomers Natalie Stokes and John Pollnow.

The remainder of the court is played by Ariel Montes, Anna Pollnow, Adonai Patu, Ethan Flores, Anna Alkire, Katelyn Coleman, Cathy Inscore, Anna Carnes, Ethan Woolever, Jocelyn Gonzalez and Josiah Ruiz.

The crew includes assistant director and choreographer Lisa Goldberg and stage manager and technical director Nena Jimenez.

Tickets cost $10-$15 and are available at or (760) 361-4151.

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