2/4-5/18: Open Casting Call Announcement: Once Upon a Mattress

Washington, DC / Herndon, VA — NextStop Theatre Company is seeking young performers in 3rd through 9th grade for a full-scale musical production of Once Upon a Mattress, opening April 27th. This is an open call for unpaid/volunteer roles for this community outreach program. The production is supported by a team of high caliber directors, designers, and technical personnel from NextStop’s professional company.

Production Information:

Once Upon a Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers

Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer

Adaptation by Tom Briggs and Timothy Allen McDonald

Original Orchestration by Hershy Kay, Arthur Beck, and Caroll Huxley

Musical Preparation by John Higgins

Adaptation and support materials developed by iTheatrics

Under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald


Directed by Kevin Place


NextStop Theatre, Herndon Virginia

April 27-May 6, 2018


Rehearsals and Performance Schedule:

Rehearsals for “Once Upon a Mattress” will take place between February 11 and April 26th. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals, but until a schedule is published, please anticipate attending a majority of rehearsals as follows:


Monday/Thursday: 6:30-9pm

Sundays: 1-5pm

Daily rehearsals April 21-26

There will be no rehearsals between March 23-31

Performances will be on Friday evenings at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday at 1pm and 5pm between April 27 and May 6.


NextStop Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive

Herndon VA 20170


For help finding the theatre, please visit NextStop’s Contact Page.


We are looking for young thespians in 3rd through 9th grade to portray characters in this musical classic.

Audition Dates & Times:

  • Sunday, February 4, 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Monday February 5, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT. Actors must reserve an audition space online. Those unable to attend either audition date may e-mail: casting@nextstoptheatre.org to discuss their situation, however, there are no guarantees actors with conflicts can be accommodated.


Signups will close on Thursday, February 1 at 5pm. Those who have not reserved an audition time will only be seen at the end of the audition day, and only if time permits.


The audition process is designed to be as comfortable for young (but professional-acting) performers as possible. Actors will be seen in groups and asked to perform individually for the Directors.


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to check-in.

Fees and Expenses:

There is no tuition or enrollment fee for participation in NextStop Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Performers may be asked to provide certain garments for parts of their costume, if they are readily available and/or reasonably affordable. Otherwise, all costumes, props, and scenic elements will be constructed or purchased by NextStop Theatre and remain the company’s property following the show.

Audition Checklist:

1) Review the Performer and Parent Expectations

2) Sign Up for an Audition Appointment Time

3) Print and Complete an Actor Audition Form (bring to your audition!)

4) Prepare for Your Audition

Choose an audition song and monologue from the materials available here. 

5) Bring A Printed Photo

Your audition photo does not need to be a professional headshot, but the photo should be recent and look like the actor. This helps the Director remember the actor’s audition! Photos will NOT be taken or printed at the audition location, and photos will not be returned.



All questions related to this production or auditions should be sent to: 


Please do not call the theatre.

Audition Checklist:

  • 1) Review the Performer and Parent Expectations
  • 2) Sign Up for an Audition Appointment Time
  • 3) Complete an Actor Audition Form
  • 4) Prepare for Your Audition
  • 5) Bring A Printed Photo, audition materials, completed audition form to your audition.

If you have additional questions after reading this page AND the audition materials in their entirety, you may submit questions via email to the address at the bottom of this page. Due to the number of anticipated inquiries, we respectfully request that you limit your questions to email. Please do not call the theatre with questions about the audition process for this show.