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Phillippa Bialas. BATEMAN res­i­dent Bethany Tandy is ap­pear­ing in a rau­cous, ro­man­tic and melodic spin on the Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen clas­sic The Princess and the Pea this April.

Pre­sented by Laugh­ing Horse Pro­duc­tions and di­rected by Adam Salathiel at the Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre, Once Upon A Mat­tress is a whim­si­cal mu­si­cal com­edy adap­ta­tion by Mary Rodgers and Mar­shall Barer.

It is the story of a lonely mummy’s boy prince and an over­bear­ing queen hell­bent on pro­tect­ing her son and king­dom.

With time work­ing against some of the ladies in wait­ing, Sir Harry must scour the land look­ing for the last re­main­ing princess to marry the prince.

Tandy plays Lady Larken, a vul­ner­a­ble young woman com­pletely in­fat­u­ated with her boyfriend Sir Harry.

“She is a gen­tle woman who is loyal, trust­ing and ea­ger to please,” she said.

“When Lady Larken finds out she is preg­nant, she be­comes des­per­ate, yet courageous.

“The large dif­fer­ence be­tween my per­son­al­ity and Lady Larken’s make this char­ac­ter more dif­fi­cult to por­tray.

“Lady Larken is quite a help­less and vul­ner­a­ble char­ac­ter who re­lies heav­ily on other peo­ple while, on the other hand, I pride my­self in be­ing in­de­pen­dent and strong.”

Once Upon A Mat­tress plays from April 7 to 22. Tickets are $25, $20 con­ces­sion. Book on 9467 7118 or at www.koor­liny.com.au.

Bateman res­i­dent Bethany Tandy (right) is Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mat­tress with Lach­lan Fal­stead, Gabriella Munro and

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