Broadway Revival Cast Recording

 

 

The Story (Spoilers):

 

This musical is a clever retelling of the fairytale about the Princess and the Pea. Our storybegins many moonsagoin a distant kingdom. Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimusis unable to speak, whilehis terror-­‐of-­‐a-­‐wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single and powerless, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and is able to pass the Queen’s supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the prince from marrying, he tells her to ‘shut up’ which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.

 

 

Read the script HERE.

 

 

CHARACTERS

 

:QUEEN AGGRAVAIN:Very protective of her only son, Dauntless. She is a strong character that takes the stage with her presence. She is overbearing, lively, domineering, but should be played comically. Adult Female (Age 40 60’s) . Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Alto. Dance Requirements: minimal but must move well.

 

PRINCESS WINNIFRED the Woebegone:She is not the “classical” princess in any sense of the word. She can swim moats, lift weights and she prefers the swamps of home to afancy castle. She is energetic, adventurous, independent and optimistic. Adult Female (Age 20sflexible). Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Mezzo/Soprano Dance Requirements: moderate but must move well.

 

PRINCE DAUNTLESS: Still a “mama’s boy,” but it is evident that he is readyto move on. He is child-­‐like, naïve, with a likeable sense of innocence. He adores Winnifred andis in awe of her every step. Male (Age 20+flexible). Vocal Requirements: baritone. Dance Requirements: moderate but must move well.

 

 

LADY LARKEN: A classic beauty. She is graceful, charming and in lovewith Sir Harry. She is very eager for Dauntless to marry so she can wed Harry before her littlebundle arrives. She is eager to please and would never cause embarrassment to her love, Sir Harry. Adult female (Age 20’s flexible). Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Soprano (sings the romantic ballads). Dance Requirements: moderate but must move well.

 

SIR HARRY: He is a handsome and masculine knight, but quite pompous -­‐-­‐a bit of a “stuffedshirt.” He fancies that he may one day become the Prime Minister, if he can find a Princess to marry Dauntless,so he can wed Lady Larkin. He is chivalrous, brave, determined buta bit taken with himself.Think Dudley Do-­‐Right.Adult male. (Age 20s 30s). Vocal Requirements: strong singer, Tenor. Dance Requirements: moderate but must move well.

 

MINSTREL: May be cast as male or female. Functions as the narrator and has a direct link to the audience, and is attractive and “worldly”. Has an air of confidence and enjoys telling the real story to the audience. Is likeable and cunning when needed.Works at foiling the Queen’s plans. Adult male/female(Flexible). Vocal Requirements: strong singer, tenor/soprano. Dance Requirements: good physical skills required, light choreography.

 

JESTER: May be cast as male or female. Must be flexible, agile and full of energy. Has a hidden passion for show business and the “good old days” His/her loyalty lieswith his/her friends, the King & the Minstrel. Adult male/female. (Flexible) Vocal Requirements: strong singer, tenor/soprano. Dance Requirements: Dancer and special talents (juggling, gymnast, contortionist) a bonus.

 

WIZARD: The Queen’s Loyal Confidante. He is magical and mysterious and is able to do several magic tricks. He possesses a sense of showmanship.Kind of a buffoon though. Mature adult male.Vocal Requirements: Primarily a speaking role. Dance Requirements: minimal.

 

KING SEXTIMUS, THE SILENT: He is mute, due to a curse, but you always know what he is thinking, He is expressive, mischievous and playful. Mature adult male (flexible age). Vocal Requirements: Primarily a mimed role -­‐strong facial andphysical comedy. Dance Requirements: minimal.

 

The Ladies-­‐in-­‐Waiting and Knights who are all waiting for the Prince to get married so that THEY can get married to each other. The following are character roles and will be cast from the ensemble. If you are interested in any of these smaller parts, we encourage you to sign up to audition for one of the major leads, so that we have a chance to hear you. We want to put together the best cast possible, and the more information we have, the better.

 

Queen’s Ladiesinwaiting: Lady Rowena, Lady Merrill, Lady Lucille, Lady Helena, Lady Sarah, Lady Mabel

 

Knights: Sir Luce, Sir Russell, Sir Michael, Sir Humphrey.

 

The Songbird of Samarkind.

 

Kitchen Wench: A woman chased around the castle by King Sextimus.

 

Emily (chambermaid),