The show is open to the public, and is family friendly, but will still put focus on adult humor and themes to be engaging and fun for all ages. 

The cast and crew consists of both Alpha Psi Omega members, as well as students from around campus. Rehearsals for Once Upon a Mattress have already started up on weekends and in the evenings for those involved in the show. 

The show is described as “Shrek before Shrek” and “The Princess and the Pea turned on its head,” by director and stage designer Matt Johnson. Once Upon a Mattress is a classic fairytale format with modern twists and biting humor, all while still being tongue-in-cheek enough to be child friendly. Instead of the pea keeping the princess up at night, it’s social issues relevant to today. 

“The show is filled with stereotypes that get shattered.” said Tori Sizemore, who plays Princess Winnifred in the show. “Winnifred shows that you can be yourself and not waiver from that. She’s the main character in pushing those boundaries. She is not what anyone would expect from a princess.” 

“It’s funny, charming, and an opportunity to see what their peers can do. It’s going to be a great time. It carries lots of adult humor and very sophisticated themes,” said Johnson when asked about the show. 

Alpha Psi Omega, EKU’s theatre fraternity now produces all on-campus theatre programs since the school’s theatre department was cut. This production specifically will be sponsored by the music department, as APO has no direct funding from EKU. The production is being overseen by director and assistant professor Matthew Johnson, as well as other professors from the music department and outsourced professionals. 

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and $7 for seniors and veterans.The show will have performances Nov. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. and the 17 at 2 p.m. in Gifford Theatre, located in the Campbell Building on campus.

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