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Senior Citizens Rediscover
The Princess And The Pea

(3/1) The Gettysburg Community Theatre is proude to bring to the stage a hilariously nutty retelling of the story of "The Princess and the Pea," Once Upon a Mattress is filled with wonderful songs and sidesplitting shenanigans. This raucous, romantic, and melodic spin on a familiar classic is recommended for ages 10 and older. The role of Winnifred the Woebegone is one of those typical fish out of water roles; a brash, unrefined princess enters the royal court to charm Prince Dauntless the Drab while dodging the slings and arrows of his mother, the devious Queen Aggravain. If ever there were a performing arts paradox.

The GCT production is directed by Pamela Hurlbert and features the talents of Vanessa Rice as musical director and Buff Wills as choreographer. This production is especially different, because it features a cast made up entirely of Senior Citizens ages 55+.

Last year’s popular senior citizen production of Fiddler On The Roof lost two of six performances due to snow, but GCT audience members that did get a chance to see it were very impressed. Senior Theatre at GCT will continue once a year to win the hearts of young and the young at heart in the community. The cast of Once Upon A Mattress stars Phyllis French as the Queen, Barbara Dempsey-West as Princess Winnifred, and Steve Huete as Prince Dauntless along with a cast and crew of about 20 Senior Citizens from York and Adams Counties.

Tickets are $18 plus tax/fees for the limited reserved seating in the intimate 80 seat theatre at GCT and may be purchased online at the theatre’s web site at to pick your own seats or by calling 717-334-2692 with credit card to purchase what seats may be left available. GCT is fully accessible and has an ADA compliant ramp at the back of the building.

This production is sponsored in part by the Adams County Arts Council's STAR Grant which is funded in part by the Adams County Commissioners and the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust. GCT thanks them all for their generous support of this program which would not exist without their understanding of the value of the arts in our community.

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located in the original Elks Lodge building at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in historic downtown Gettysburg, opens its second production of their 8th season with the zany musical Once Upon a Mattress. The production will perform at GCT at 7pm on February 26, March 11, 12, 18 and 19, and also at 2pm on February 27, 28, March 6 and 13.

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