Music and comedy pair up in this hilarious musical tale of a mother’s overprotective nature, and the ridiculous measures she will go to, to find the perfect wife for her son. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Department of Arts & Philosophy, Opera/Musical Theatre Ensemble is proud to present Once Upon a Mattress,Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m., at the Wolfson Campus Auditorium.

The story, a comedic tweaking of the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, centers on Queen Aggravain and her relentless pursuit to marry off her son, Prince Dauntless, to the perfect bride. In an effort to attain her goal, she declares no one may marry until her son ties the knot. Yet, in the process, she manages to sabotage every princess that comes along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred the Woebegone. The queen is horrified and immediately plots a scheme. Unfortunately for the Queen, Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the King, and the Jester, isn’t going to be quite so easy to get rid of.

The MDC production, featuring students from the Wolfson Opera/Musical Theatre Ensemble, is directed by Amy Ibberson, director of vocal studies at Wolfson, musical direction by Dr. Alan Ngim, and choreography by Lee Pugh.

MDC Wolfson Campus Presents Once Upon a Mattress

WHEN: Thursday, Apr. 18, 7:00 PM – Saturday, Apr. 20, 7:00 PM
WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Room 1261) 300 N.E. Second Ave.
COST: General Admission $15; MDC students, faculty, and staff $10
Showtimes: Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.

For tickets and information, please call 305-237-3201, or email, with attendee’s name, date of show, and number of tickets; general admission tickets are $15, and $10 for MDC faculty and students, with ID. Tickets may also be purchased at the student music offices in Room 3418-11 or 3418-12, by contacting any Wolfson Opera/Musical Theatre Ensemble student, or at the door prior to the start of the performance. Advance ticket purchases are highly encouraged, as seating is limited.

The MDC Wolfson Opera Ensemble is an intensive program, dedicated to helping young students who are interested in pursuing a career in musical, operatic, and theatrical performances. By taking classes in all major music performance and education areas, the program is created in order to expand students’ skills and level of stage experience; thus, giving each student the necessary skills in order to become a successful music leader in today’s music industry.