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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Kelsey Theatre for Yardley Players’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ July 13 to 22


We're off to see the Wizard! From left, the Scarecrow (Tom Chiola), Tinman (Marc Suznovich), Dorothy (Shealyn Davis), and the Cowardly Lion (Brian Davis).

Before the storm, Dorothy (Shealyn Davis) with Aunt Em (Marge Swider) and Uncle Henry (Jeffrey Millstein).

Give me those slippers! From left, Wicked Witch (Liz Wurtz), Dorothy (Shealyn Davis) and Glinda (Laura Young).

"I don't know how to fly this thing!" says the Wizard (Barney Stone) as Dorothy and Toto watch helplessly.

Welcome to Munchkin Land! Back row, from left, Tristan Davis, Amanda Cordone, Natalie Thomas, Stephanie Renzi, Jacob Zacks, Siya Gokhale, Brayden Davis, Aimee Clark, and Daniel Richarme; middle row, Rio Kiernen, left, and Jillian Richarme; front row, from left, Bella Colon, Hope Ghaffoor, Emily Kipila, Aadya Sadana and Kaelyn Shelton.

West Windsor, N.J. – The whole family will be off to see the Wizard as The Yardley Players present the iconic classic “The Wizard of Oz” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.

Dates and show times for this exciting stage adaptation are: Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. An additional matinee will be performed on Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 13.

Audience members will be transported over the rainbow, along with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, to the Land of Oz, where Dorothy joins up with The Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Cowardly Lion for the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a quest through a magical landscape, as the four friends encounter munchkins and monkeys, a good witch – and a very bad witch! Will they make it to the Emerald City, avoid the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West, and convince the Wizard to help them achieve their hearts’ desires? This faithful adaptation features the beloved Oscar-winning songs from the 1939 movie including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” along with favorite characters and a few fun surprises along the way.

The cast stars Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Dorothy Gale; Tom Chiola of Trenton as Hunk/Scarecrow; Marc Suznovich of Hamilton as Hickory/Tinman; Brian Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Zeke/Lion; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Elmira Gulch/Wicked Witch; Laura Young of Levittown, Pa., as Glinda; Barney Stone of Lambertville as Professor Marvel/Wizard Of Oz; Marge Swider of Langhorne, Pa., as Aunt Em; and Jeffrey E. Milstein of East Windsor as Uncle Henry.

Featured in “Ozian” roles are" Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Bella Colon of Hamilton, Amanda Cordone of Robbinsville, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Brayden Davis and Tristan Davis of Newtown, Pa., Gabriella Dirusso of Princeton Junction, Kelsey Egan of Hamilton, Abby Gafgen and Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, Hope Ghaffoor of Hamilton, Sara Gokhale and Siya Gokhale of Belle Mead, Jenna Gottlieb of East Windsor, Tanya Hibbs of Hamilton, Rio Kiernen of Allentown, Amanda Kipila and Emily Kipila of Manahawkin, Kate Kopera of Hamilton, Abigail Leach of Yardley, Pa., Andrew Millin of Millstone, Dan Mucha of Yardville, Stephanie Renzi of Robbinsville, Daniel Richarme and Jillian Richarme of Hamilton, Madison Russell of Morrisville, Pa., Aadya Sadana of West Windsor, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, Christine Seddon of Princeton, Kaelyn Shelton of Yardley, Jonathan Stanley of East Windsor, Jason Szalma of Mt. Holly, Natalie Thomas and Meredith Thomas of East Windsor, Nick Torres and Ryan Torres of Morrisville, Pa., Ragan Yates of Trevose, Pa., and Jacob Zacks and Noa Zacks of Princeton.

The production staff includes Producer Marge Swider, Director Kristy Davis, Musical Director Julie Braeckman, Orchestra Conductor Buzz Herman, Choreographer Laura Murey  Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Dan Mucha, Set Designer and Photographer John Maurer, Costumer Louisa Murey, Lighting Designer Thomas Esposito, Sound Designer Dan Braeckman, Special effects, including a twister, are by John Maurer.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/children. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a list of upcoming events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office.

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