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'A Very Kelsey Christmas' Features Festive Tunes and Lots of Laughs at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Dec. 10 and 11
NJ Youth Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' Closes Out Holiday Season Dec. 16 to 18


Naughty or nice? Elves Diana Maurer (far left) and John Maurer (far right) question Director John Zimmerman and Music Director Peter deMets (seated at piano).

Ready to perform for you are, from left, Michelle Whitescarver, Stephanie Zimmerman, Gina Whalen, Peter deMets (seated at piano), Liz Susswein, Kim Cupo, Jenny Weiner, Maria Pinto and Debbie Ryan.

Santa (Tom Bessellieu) and Mrs. Claus (Amy Bessellieu) are the couple of the hour.

The male chorus includes, from left, Cameron Dunbar, Fady Zaher, Peter deMets (seated at piano), James Zimmerman, Matthew Zisk, Peter Sauer and John Zimmerman.

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College's MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre is bringing out the holly as Forté Productions presents “A Very Kelsey Christmas.” Dates and times for this unique holiday event are Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The theater is an official drop-off site for the Marine's Toys for Tots annual holiday drive. Patrons are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy in the box located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 12.

In its fun musical salute to the Christmas season, Forté Productions has created a 1950’s style variety show featuring many Kelsey Theatre regulars in a delightful mix of comedy, skits, Broadway and pop favorites, and audience participation. After an enthusiastic reception to its debut production in 2015, Forté Productions has invited guest performers from Maurer Productions OnStage, Pegasus Theatre Project, Rooftop Theatre Collaborative, and Downstage Center Dance to add even more merriment to an entertaining and nostalgic theater experience.

Director John Zimmerman attributes the show’s popularity to the desire for fun times during the holiday season. “This show delivers. The efforts of our talented cast add up to a special gift for Kelsey patrons,” he said. “We hope that when they look back on Christmas 2016, this show will be one of their fond memories.”

The cast includes Allyson Alzate of Dayton, Robie Angarone of Hamilton, Amy Bessellieu of Lawrenceville, Tom Bessellieu of Lawrenceville, Samantha Campisi of Princeton, Kim Cupo of Fairless Hills, Pa., Alex deMets of Newtown, Pa., Cameron Dunbar of Trenton, Nolah Flynn of Yardley, Pa., Meah Jones of Hamilton, Jillian Lee of Hamilton Square, Diana Maurer of Ewing, John Maurer of Ewing, Shannon Mohan of Langhorne, Pa., Anna Perno of Hamilton, Maria Pinto of Trenton, Alexys Pulsinelli of Bordentown, Debbie Ryan of Robbinsville, Keira Mei Santiago of East Windsor, Vidhi Sapru of West Windsor, Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, Catherine Scelza of Columbus, Avani Singh of Dayton, Simone Smith of Allentown, Amanda Sorrento of Hamilton, Lauren Sorrento of Hamilton, Liz Susswein of Hamilton, Julia Toto of Pennington, Jenny Weiner of East Windsor, Gina Whalen of Millstone Township,  Maura Whalen of Millstone Township, Sean Whalen of Millstone Township, Penelope White of Princeton, Michelle Whitescarver of East Windsor, Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville, Fady Zaher of Hamilton, James Zimmerman of Hamilton, John Zimmerman of Hamilton, Stephanie Zimmerman of Hamilton, and Matthew Zisk of Princeton.

Joining John Zimmerman on the production team are Producer Stephanie Zimmerman, Music Director Peter deMets and Stage Manager Beverly Kuo-Hamilton.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 students/children. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater.

Tickets are also on sale for “The Nutcracker,” which closes out Kelsey’s holiday season. This abridged family version of the classic ballet is presented by New Jersey Youth Ballet Dec. 16 to 18. Click here to purchase tickets online or call the box office.

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

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