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MCCC Theatre/Dance Program Presents Shakespeare's 'Tempest' with Steampunk Twist at Studio Theatre Nov. 16 to 18

11/13/18


A riveting, revelatory Theatre/Dance Program production of "The Tempest" comes to MCCC's Studio Theatre this weekend.

West Windsor, N.J. – The Academic Theatre and Dance program at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) takes a new approach to a Shakespearean classic with a Steampunk Renaissance version of "The Tempest." Considered one of Shakespeare's most fast-paced, adventurous plays, "The Tempest" comes to MCCC's Studio Theatre Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located next to Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Written around 1610, this story of magic, romance and the righting of many wrongs remains wildly popular today, with performances presented all around the world. According to Theatre Program Coordinator and "Tempest" Producer Jody Gazenbeek-Person, the play packs a fascinating wallop of big ideas. "It is a fully entertaining adventure, but at the same time, it can get an audience into a heated debate about colonization, race and gender."

Adds Director LouJ Stalsworth, “When the love of power collides with romantic love, there’s a story to be told.”

The cast includes MCCC alumni Deena Jiles Shuaib and Krystan Ellis, and current students Jeree Phillips, Jamil Long, Tyler Fowler, Justina Kulik, Matthew Swanson, Sonia Perez, Timothy Prill, Francisco Javier Estrada, Natalie Bogach, Diego Montealegre and Paul Ravago, along with community actor Jim Morris.

In addition to Stalsworth and Gazenbeek-Person, the production team includes Stage Manager Nicole Schulnick, Assistant Stage Manager E. Lukas DiGiacomo, Choreographer Rebecca Brodowski (alumna), Set/Costume Designer Kate Pinner, Sound Designer Becca Salinas (Entertainment Technology student), Lighting Designer Vicki Kaiser, and Prop Designer Madelyn Lichtman.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for MCCC students and staff. They may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. The Studio Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the Kelsey Theatre.

More information about MCCC's Theatre/Dance program is available here.

For a complete listing of the college's performance events for adults and children, visit the Kelsey website here.


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