Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Once Upon a Mattress – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Once Upon a Mattress? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Once Upon a Mattress, broken down by character.

Since Once Upon a Mattress is a golden-age musical, the songs below are all from golden-age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a timeless vibe to most of the following in order to match the style of the show.

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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the Once Upon a Mattress cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.

Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


A Little Gossip” – Man of La Mancha

Comedy Tonight” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Seven Deadly Virtues” – Camelot

When the Children Are Asleep” – Carousel

Lady Larkin

Before I Gaze at You Again” – Camelot

I Loved You Once in Silence” – Camelot

Mira” – Carnival!

The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” – Camelot


Come to Me, Bend to Me” – Brigadoon

Love, I Hear” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Once Upon a Time” – All American

You Are Never Away” – Allegro

Prince Dauntless

Once in a Lifetime” – Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

Real Live Girl” – Little Me

She Loves Me” – She Loves Me

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific

Princess Winnifred (Fred)

I Hate Men” – Kiss Me, Kate

Ooh! My Feet” – The Most Happy Fella

Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings

You Mustn’t Be Discouraged” – Fade Out – Fade In

Queen Aggravain

Ladies” – Destry Rides Again

Rose’s Turn” – Gypsy

The Beast in You” – Goldilocks

Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair?” – Goldilocks

Sir Harry

More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls

Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow

There But For You Go I” – Brigadoon

Wooden Wedding” – One Touch of Venus

Ensemble (Altos)

Distant Melody” – Peter Pan

I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan

The Love of My Life” – Brigadoon

Ensemble (Baritones)

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

That’s For Me” – State Fair

Ensemble (Basses)

C’est Moi” – Camelot

How to Handle a Woman” – Camelot

I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight” – Camelot

Ensemble (Contras)

I Never Know When” – Goldilocks

Never Never Land” – Peter Pan

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?” – Sail Away

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Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” – Finian’s Rainbow

I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy

Secret Love” – Calamity Jane

Ensemble (Sopranos)

He Was Tall” – Cinderella

There’s Music in You” – Cinderella

Waitin’ for My Dearie” – Brigadoon

Ensemble (Tenors)

Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel

Like a God” – Flower Drum Song

Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Once Upon a Mattress:

• “Aguinaldo: Mark Twain in Purgatory” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “Fifty-Two From Sixty-Four➝” from The Forced Marriage

• “I Intend to Be a Queen➝” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Lucy)

• “Parade” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “What!➝” from Don Juan➝

Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!

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Once Upon a Mattress Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Once Upon a Mattress, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.

Act 1:

Many Moons Ago” – Minstrel

“An Opening For a Princess” – Prince Dauntless, Lady Larken, Ensemble

“In a Little While” – Sir Harry, Lady Larken

“On a Stormy Night” – Minstrel

Shy” – Princess Winnifred, Ensemble

“The Minstrel, the Jester, and I” – Minstrel, Jester, King Sextimus

Sensitivity” – Queen Aggravain, Wizard

The Swamps of Home” – Princess Winnifred, Prince Dauntless, Ensemble

“Normandy” – Minstrel, Lady Larken, Jester

“Song of Love” – Prince Dauntless, Princess Winnifred, Ensemble

Act 2:

“Quiet” – Queen Aggravain, Minstrel, Jester, Ensemble

“Goodnight, Sweet Princess” – Prince Dauntless, Ensemble

Happily Ever After” – Princess Winnifred

“Man to Man Talk” – Prince Dauntless

Very Soft Shoes” – Jester

“Yesterday I Loved You” – Sir Harry, Lady Larken

“Lullaby” – Queen Aggravain, Princess Winnifred, Ensemble

“Finale” – Company

Which of these Once Upon a Mattress audition songs did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for Once Upon a Mattress.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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