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Kelsey Theatre Presents Two Family Holiday Treats: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Dec. 8-10 and Dance Connection’s ‘Nutcracker’ Dec. 15-17


Ken Ambs, seated, is poet Clement Moore. With him, clockwise from left, are Sedona Raphael as Margaret, Santa, Diane Wargo as Eliza, and Katie Greendorfer as Charity. Photo by Amy Bessellieu.

MIkaela Miranda as Clara.

Emma Waxman's Arabesque during the Waltz of the Flowers.

At left, Clair Kinst as the mouse in flight, with Clara and mice dancers.

In battle is Phoebe Filorama, pictured with Clara and mice dancers.

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre continues its holiday offerings with what have become two Kelsey traditions. The Kelsey Players present "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" Dec. 8-10 and Dance Connections presents "The Nutcracker" Dec. 15-17.

"Twas" will be performed Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children.

"The Nutcracker" will be performed Friday, Dec. 15  at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors and children.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The theater is collecting new, unwrapped toys, along with new hats, scarves and gloves, during all performances of "‘Twas” for donation to a local charity. A collection box is located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby.

Based on the classic poem that Clement Moore penned as a Christmas present for his children, "Twas" embraces the anticipation and joy of the long-awaited midnight visit by a very special guest. This musical adaptation features Santa, his eight tiny reindeer, some remarkably talented sugar plums, and the cutest mouse in New York City. The Moore family and their neighbors will create a magical winter wonderland circa 1822 New York for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

Reprising their roles as Clement and Eliza Moore are Ken Ambs of Newtown, Pa., and Diane Wargo of Ewing; John Costello of Hamilton Square is Mr. Kringle. Featured as the Moore children are Sedona Raphael of Cranbury as Margaret and Katie Greendorfer of Lambertville as Charity.

The ensemble includes Aimee Clark and Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville; Chase Corallo of Mercerville; Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge; Kelsey Egan, Freddie Iezzo, Luddy A. Iezzo II, Marla Mangione Iezzo and Mateo Iezzo, all of Hamilton; Makenzie Ivey and Peyton Ivey of Lawrenceville; Xavier Knowles and Sekai Marshall of Trenton; Zach McDevivtt of Lawrenceville, Cameron Miller and Chandler Miller of Trenton; Samanatha Otto of Langhorne, Pa.; Cody Rakow of Jackson; Sydney Regen of Robbinsville; Leo Sanders of Trenton, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville; Suzanne Smith of Newtown, Pa., Jonathan Stanley of East Windsor; Caitlin Treacy of Fairless Hills, Pa.; Isabel Urban, Tobias Urban and Zachary Urban of West Windsor; Alexandra Williams and Alison Williams of Trenton, and Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville.

The production team includes Director Diane Wargo, Music Director Pat Masterson, Choreographer Kristyn Chiarello, Sound Designer Bernie McGowen , Stage Manager Ginny McGowen, Assistant Stage Manager Danielle Miller-Winrow, and Costumer Kate Pinner.

Closing out the Kelsey holiday season is “The Nutcracker,” an abridged family version, presented by Dance Connection of Hillsborough (formerly known as New Jersey Youth Ballet).

Even the youngest theater goers will enjoy this fully-narrated, one-hour ballet set to the famous Tchaikovsky score. Dolls and sweets come to life, mice and toy soldiers do battle, and snowflakes dance in a beautiful snow covered forest. It’s abridged and yet complete – with a large cast danced almost entirely by children and teens in costume and scenery full of warmth and wonder.

At the conclusion of the show, children and parents are invited up on stage to meet their favorite characters, who will be available to sign autographs. 

Dance Connections (formerly known as New Jersey Youth Ballet) is based in Hillsborough, NJ. It was founded in 2007 by David Kieffer, who has extensive experience as a teacher, dancer and choreographer.

Tickets may be purchased online here for "Twas" and online here for "The Nutcracker." Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333, or at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. 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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