Ashland University Theatre Department set to put on ‘Once Upon a Mattress’


Tobin Grendzynski, Lily Dowler, and Mattie Vermilya

Ashland University’s Theatre Department will be performing “Once Upon a Mattress” for the department’s spring musical.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is set to take the stage in Hugo Young Theater from Feb. 16 through 19. All performances will happen at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Each year, the department follows a theme in the various productions. In the 2022-2023 season, the theme is “Standing Up and Standing Out.”

The shows that have taken place during this school year are “Antigone” by Sophokles and translated by Anne Carson and the 24-Hour Theatre Project titled “For Sale,” written and produced by the Alpha Psi Omega Honors Society.

Tickets are $2 for AU students and can be purchased in the bookstore in the Student Center or online at Staff and Faculty tickets are $10, and non-AU student tickets are $5.

This production is being worked on by Teresa Durbin-Ames, the director; Deb Logan, the music director; Justin Miller, the scenic designer; Justin Bilewicz, the costume designer; Seth Morrison, the lighting designer; Katie Gibson, the choreographer; Richard Ingraham, the sound designer, and Brien Carpenter, the stage manager.

“Once Upon a Mattress” has a cast comprised of many students of various majors and minors.

As the time for performing comes closer and closer, everyone involved with the show is finishing up their tasks.

“Rehearsals are going great, and the cast is working hard! It is going to be a fun show,” said Durbin-Ames.