Saint Martin’s presents “Once Upon a Mattress” at the State Theater

March 23, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will present the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” at the State Theater, 204 Fourth Avenue East, in downtown Olympia. The production will run April 9-10 and 14-17, all performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door ($10 general admission, $6 students, seniors, and military). Tickets for the April 14 performance are pay-what-you-will.

Stage direction and choreography will be by Alice Marinella and music direction will be by Crystal Zimmerman. The cast and crew will be composed of Saint Martin’s students, faculty and staff as well as actors and dancers from the Lacey/Olympia community.

A wry adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” “Once Upon a Mattress” first opened off-Broadway in 1959, before moving to Broadway that same year. The musical comedy features a score by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

“For our spring show downtown at the State, we wanted something that would be just a full-out romp,” says Saint Martin’s theatre professor David Hlavsa. “It’s a fun show, with central roles that just happen to be perfect for our current slate of music and theatre students and plenty of opportunities to bring in people from the community as well.”

For more information about this play and performance times, please contact David Hlavsa at 360-438-4345 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University