Productions Presents Timeless Love Story, "Elton John and Tim
Rice's AIDA," at Kelsey Theatre Nov. 18-27
Windsor, N.J. - Maurer
Productions Onstage brings the breathtaking "Elton
John and Tim Rice's AIDA" to the stage at Mercer
County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. The pop/rock epic
will be performed Fridays, Nov. 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays,
Nov. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 20
and 27 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's
West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception
with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance
on Nov. 18.
of four Tony Awards on Broadway for the Disney Hyperion Theatrical
Group production, this riveting, romantic musical is set in
ancient Egypt and tells the story of an enslaved Nubian princess,
her conflicted Egyptian captor, and a forbidden love that
rocks the ancient world to its core. Part musical, part dance
spectacular and part rock concert, "AIDA" is a timeless
tale about the power of love.
"AIDA" features music by Sir Elton John, one of
the most successful musicians in the modern era, and lyrics
by the Sir Tim Rice, who wrote such hits as "Jesus Christ
Superstar" and "Evita." After their successful
partnership writing the score for the film and stage productions
of "The Lion King," this dynamic duo teamed up again
to pen "AIDA," Disney's first Broadway musical for
The show's director, Dan Maurer, explains the creative team's
approach to this production: "Go big or go home, that's
our motto," Maurer said. "'AIDA'" is a show
not often done in Central New Jersey, so we plan to make it
a really special event. We're pulling out all the stops."
stars, front row, from left, Tom Coppolecchia as Radames and
Meera Mohan as Aida; back row, from left, Kim Suskind as the
Princess Amneris and Jahmir Scott as Mereb.
Many of the costumes for this cast of 24 actors will be hand-made
for the show. The award-winning Maurer production team will
create a few technical surprises as well. According to Maurer,
"The goal is to both honor and yet refresh the 'AIDA'
that theater-goers know and love. We plan for the show to
be a bit of Broadway, a splash of Maurer magic, and bit of
Kelsey Theatre fun, all carried by the singing voices of an
The show features Meera Mohan of Plainsboro in the title role.
Also starring are Alwynn Baskin of Lambertville as Nubian
King Amonasro; Tom Coppolecchia of Mount Holly as Radames;
Scott Karlin of Plainsboro as the Pharaoh; Brian Meltzer of
Pennington as Zoser; Yakenya Moise of Princeton as Nehebka;
Jahmir Scott of Allentown as Mereb; and Kimberly Suskind of
Galloway as the Princess Amneris.
The women's ensemble features Jen Baranowski of Brick, Melissa
Geerloff of Mercerville, Cheryl King of Robbinsville, Alexa
Lupinacci of Hamilon, Abby Oliver of Mercerville, Julia Procaccino
of Yardley, Pa., Beverly Quo-Hamilton of Princeton, Arielle
Rabano of Hillsborough, Leia Rochester of Willingboro, Mollie
Rubenstein of West Windsor, and Sheilla Telo of Hamilton.
The men's ensemble includes Steven Dunagan of Trenton, John
Glace of Morrisville, Pa., Brian Maquire of Lakehurst, Ben
Menahem of Plainsboro, and De Haven Rogers of Chambersburg.
The show is directed by Dan Maurer, with music direction by
Tony DiDia and choreography by Jane Coult. The production
team also includes costume designers John Maurer, Diana Gilman
Maurer and Tina Heinze, with lighting design by M. Kitty Getlik,
props by Alycia Bauch and stage management by Jeff Cantor.
Tickets are $20 for all ages and may be purchased by calling
the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online here.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available
next to the theater.
a complete listing of adult and children's events for the
2011-12 season, visit the Kelsey
website or call the box office for a brochure.
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