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Kelsey Theatre Companies Nominated for 27 Perry Awards; Selected for Six Top Honors

9/28/16


From left, the cast and crew of Maurer Productions' "Around the World in 80 Days," which was nominated in eight categories and won two Perry Awards: Anthony Remer, Emily Russoniello, Judi Parrish, John Maurer, Diana Gilman Maurer, Jane Coult, Dan Keyser, Maria Aromando and Kurt Penney.

The Pennington Players' "The Diary of Anne Frank" garnered multiple nominations and wins for youth actors Isabel Kinney as Anne and Evan Braasch as Peter Van Daan. They are pictured with the show's director Judi Parrish.

West Windsor, N.J. – The top honors for community theater productions in New Jersey are handed out each fall at the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) Perry Awards ceremony.  The organization gave Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre a big, warm hug at its September 18 event.

Companies that perform at Kelsey Theatre received a total of 27 nominations for shows presented in 2015-16. Said Kelsey Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik. “That, in itself, is a major accomplishment, given the more than 200 community productions presented annually in New Jersey. And this year we walked away with some significant wins.”

Kelsey award winners included: Isabel Kinney for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank,” presented by the Pennington Players; Evan Braasch for Outstanding Youth Actor in a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank,” presented by the Pennington Players; Diana Gilman Maurer and John M. Maurer for Outstanding Properties for a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days,” presented by Maurer Productions OnStage; Jamie McMillin for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for “The Addams Family,” presented by Playful Theatre Productions; Shannen Doyle for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for “The Addams Family,” presented by Playful Theatre Productions; and Kurt Penney for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days,” presented by Maurer Productions OnStage.

Getlik notes that the awards received by Kelsey companies recognize every area of theater excellence: actors both young and adult, production quality, and genres including musicals, dramas and comedy.

“We have incredibly talented people working very hard to deliver the shows presented on our stage.  The theater’s quality is reflected in our numbers. Close to 40,000 theater-goers attended our shows last year, some of whom are local and others who traveled here from other parts of New Jersey and from Pennsylvania.  Our partnership with these companies is very dear to us and we are glad they have been recognized for what they do,” she said. 

Each year approximately 200 shows around the state receive roughly 400 reviews by NJACT volunteers to determine those most deserving of recognition in more than 30 categories.

The Kelsey nominee list included: John M. Maurer (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Direction of a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”; M. Kitty Getlik (The Pennington Players) for Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank”; Judi Parrish (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”; Adam Wolff (PinnWorth Productions) for Outstanding Sound Design of a Play for “August: Osage County”; Anthony Remer and John M. Maurer (Maurer Productions OnStage) for “Around the World in 80 Days”; Sally M. Page (The Pennington Players) for Outstanding Costume Design of a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank”; Ruth Rittman, Michele Rittman, Koren Zander and Donna Reed (Playful Theatre Productions) for Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical for “The Addams Family”; Diana Maurer and John Maurer (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Properties in a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”; John Petro (PinnWorth Productions) for Outstanding Properties in a Play for “August: Osage County”; John Maurer, Emily Russoniello and Jeff Canter (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”; Bryan Schendinger (Playful Theater Productions) for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical for “The Addams Family”; Mathew Cassidy and Eric McDonough (M&M Productions) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for “Arsenic and Old Lace”; Dan Keyser (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”; Matthew Muccigrossi (Yardley Players) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for “Mary Poppins”; Kurt Penney (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”; Peter Sauer (PinnWorth Productions) for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for “August: Osage County”; Peter Sauer (PinnWorth Productions) for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for “The Fantastiks”; Shannen Doyle (Playful Theatre Productions) and Cat Tierney (Playful Theatre Productions) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for “The Addams Family”; Jaimie McMillin (Playful Theatre Productions) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical  for “The Addams Family”; Evan Braasch (Pennington Players) for Outstanding Youth Actor in a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank”; Isabel Kinney (Pennington Players) for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank”; John Maurer, Producers John Maurer and Diana Maurer and Director John Maurer (Maurer Productions OnStage) for Outstanding Production of a Play for “Around the World in 80 Days”;  Producer Sally M. Page (The Pennington Players) and Director Judi Parrish (The Pennington Players) for Outstanding Production of a Play for “The Diary of Anne Frank”; Producer LouJ Stalsworth and Kate Pinner (PinnWorth Productions) and Director LouJ Stalsworth (PinnWorth Productions) for “August: Osage County.”

For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

2016-17 Kelsey Schedule
Kelsey Theatre Website
Audition Information
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