"Once Upon a Mattress is a story of love, laughter and a young princess coming of age," Adam said. "It's a true Disney family-style show, complete with romance, laughter, danger, singing and dancing where everybody gets their happily ever after, after all."
The main challenge, according to Adam, is directing a show that has an all-youth cast – everyone is 18 and under – and multiple levels of humour. "It's a production that has things youth will laugh at but humour that adults will understand and children will miss," he said.
"The subtle nuances make this show highly entertaining, both for the cast and audience members watching it. Everyone needs to engage with the audience through singing, dancing and acting – even ensemble roles are vital to making the audience believe in the magic of the live theatre happening in front of them."
"Having performed in Once Upon a Mattress in 2006 at Roleystone Theatre, I fell in love with the storyline and ever since I've had the desire to see it performed by an all-youth cast," he said. "It has always been one of my favourite musicals – it's a bright cherry with a lot of laughs. Although set in medieval times, the show has a lot of humour and large song-and-dance numbers that are guaranteed to have the audiences clapping and toe-tapping along with the cast."
Fourteen-year-old Paige Montebello plays Princess Winnifred. "She's not a regular, run-of-the-mill princess," she said. "Winnifred is strong and independent and never one to back down from a challenge. My hardest task in the show will be climbing on to 20 soft, downy mattresses."
Performing from age seven, Paige's first role was a lamb in Charlotte's Web and she has since appeared in 10 musicals at the Mandurah Performing and Koorliny Arts Centres and Murray Music and Drama Club. "When I read through the audition pack for Once Upon A Mattress, I really liked Winnifred's character and thought she was a lot like myself in many ways, so thought it would be a fun and challenging role to play," she said.
Once Upon A Mattress plays at 7pm April 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21 with 1pm matinees April 8, 15 and 22. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9467 7118 or at www.koorliny.com.au. The Koorliny Arts Centre is on Sulphur Road, Kwinana.