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Community Performance Series Returns to Summer Musical Performances with Production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

July 5, 2022

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Stars Community Cast, Showing from July 14 to 17, in SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center 

From left, Nathaniel Darling (Minstrel), Mekayla Fountaine (Lady Larken), and Jonathan Burnett (Jester) rehearse a scene from “Once Upon a Mattress” on stage in SUNY Potsdam’s Proscenium Theater.

Community Performance Series will present a production of the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress this summer at SUNY Potsdam. The show will run from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, with five show times, in the Proscenium Theater, located in SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center. 

In this musical comedy version of The Princess and the Pea, Princess Winnifred, played by Hailey Hodge, is an ungainly, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless, played by George Scoville-Upham ‘99, whose domineering mother Queen Aggravain, played by Meaghan Janovsky ‘07 & ‘12, has declared he must marry a "true" princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry. 

The show, directed by Kimberly Busch ‘93 & ‘96, features more than 50 talented actors, vocalists, artists and musicians from around the Northern New York region.  

"We are so happy to be working on a real community theatre production in such a wonderful facility at SUNY Potsdam,” Busch shared. Every rehearsal is filled with the smiles and laughter of people doing what they love. We can't wait to share this great joy with others." 

“We are so fortunate to have the talent of incredible professionals right here in our backyard,” noted Community Performance Series Director Vanessa Vaverchak. “This production has been a labor of love, and we are grateful to the many dedicated folks involved in bringing a summer musical back to our community.”  

“Once Upon a Mattress” will open on Thursday, July 14, with daily evening performances at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, July 16. There will be two matinee shows, at 2 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.  

To purchase tickets, contact the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the Performing Arts Center lobby, by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting Tickets are also available at Brick & Mortar Music in downtown Potsdam.   

Once Upon a Mattress is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. 

About Community Performance Series: 

The Community Performance Series is a college-community partnership presenting distinctive and renowned performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations. For more information, visit 

About SUNY Potsdam:  

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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Vanessa N. Vaverchak 315-267-2612

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