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General Admission: $25*

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April 27 – May 6 2018

A comedic retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” comes to life on stage, where local youth actors work alongside artists from NextStop’s professional company.

Once Upon a Mattress is appropriate for all ages, but all those entering the theatre must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Since 2014, NextStop has produced a Community Outreach Show where a cast of kids get the opportunity to work alongside artists from NextStop’s professional company. Professional Directors, Designers, and Actors help kids bring a show to life for families in the community.

Not only do “by-kids-for-kids” performances help foster a life-long love of the performing arts among new generations, but the productions support other local community organizations and causes through ticket donations, along with outreach and awareness projects.

Casting takes place each September for the holiday show, and in January for the Spring show. Join NextStop’s e-mail list to find out about opportunities to take part in this project, where volunteers will collectively provide over 2,250 hours of service to the community. Each year, the production has grown to become an even higher-visibility event in Northern Virginia and is making a difference in more and more lives.
Once Upon a Mattress is 50 minutes with no intermission. 


 Faith HargadonWinnifred
 Keaton LazarPrince Dauntless
 Jen Bevan*Queen Aggravain
 Ivy RidenhourMinstrel
 Maggie HuseJester
 Logan BakerKing
 Robert LongWizard
 Logan WagnerSir Harry
 Alyssa DauschLady Larken
 Knox McKinleyFirst Knight
 William PriceSecond Knight 
 Lorenzo AtenThird Knight 
 Maeve WilliamsLucille 
 Rileigh Tompkins Rowena 
 Samantha Stewart Princess #12 
 Ethan Parmenter Knight
 Ethan HardyKnight
 Finn Hargadon Knight
 Luca Aten Knight
 Madison RenuartPrincess/Lady in Waiting
 Cassidy LoriaPrincess/Lady in Waiting 
 Eva Jaber Princess/Lady in Waiting 
 Abby PricePrincess/Lady in Waiting 
 Gwendolyn EaglePrincess/Lady in Waiting 
 Sofia DuJardinPrincess/Lady in Waiting

*Denotes member of NextStop’s professional company

Performance Dates

Friday, April 27, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Friday, May 4, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


Production Team:

Kevin PlaceDirector
Jaclyn YoungChoreographer
Caroline AbbottMusic Director
Carrie CoxScenic Designer
Moyenda KulemekaCostume Designer
Jonathan AbolinsLighting and Projections Designer
Evan HoffmannSound Designer
Alex WadeProperties Designer
Manon CookStage Manager
Maeve NashMaster Electrician
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