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Journey ‘Into the Woods’ with Pennington Players at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 23 to Feb. 1


West Windsor, N.J. – The forest is deep, dark and delightful in “Into the Woods,” to be presented by The Pennington Players at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this Broadway classic are Fridays, Jan. 23 and 30 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 24 and 31 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 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 Jan. 23.

With beguiling lyrics, sumptuous melodies, and a deliciously wicked plot, this Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical weaves together favorite fairy tales as it picks up where “happily ever after” leaves off. Beloved characters such as Cinderella, her prince, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), Rapunzel, and her prince are all drawn into the lives of a baker and his wife. The couple's wish to start a family sets in motion a series of twisted events within the confines of the woods that are sure to charm one and all.

Kyrus Keenan Westcott, the production’s director and choreographer, notes that the Pennington Players’ production comes just after the release of the film adaptation. “Audiences have a unique opportunity to see ‘Into the Woods’ in two different mediums," he said. "Our stage production offers the power of live theater performed in Kelsey's uniquely intimate setting. We have no doubt that theater-goers will be fully immersed in this unforgettable story.”

The cast features Misha Barker of Plainsboro as Rapunzel; Kyla Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., as Cinderella’s stepmother; Frank Ferrara of West Windsor as the Steward; Christina Kosyla of Lawrence as Cinderella; Taylor Lloyd of Hamilton as Lucinda; Ben Menahem  of Plainsboro as Cinderella’s Prince; Jenna O’Neill of Hamilton as The Witch; Kevin Palardy of Doylestown, Pa., as Rapunzel’s Prince; Natalie Romeo of Piscataway as Little Red Riding Hood; E. Nicole Spadafino of Flemington as Milky White Puppeteer; Julie Stein of Monroe as Florinda; Karl Weigand of Lawrence as Jack; Bill Weir of Chalfont, Pa., as the Narrator; Kara Wilson of Rahway as the Baker’s Wife; Jennifer Winn of Ewing as Jack’s Mother; and John Zimmerman of Hamilton as the Baker.

In addition to Westcott, the production team includes musical director Mike Gilch, set designer Bryan Schendlinger, costume designer Rusty Miller, stage manager Sally Page, sound designer Wayne Irons and lighting designer Vicki Kaiser. Properties are by Dottie Farina.

Tickets for “Into the Woods” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online here. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

Additional show information can be found by visiting www.PenningtonPlayers.org and clicking on “Into the Woods.” For updates on Twitter, visit #KelseyIntoTheWoods.

For a print copy of the 2014-15 season brochure, call the Box Office. For the complete events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre, visit:

2014-15 Kelsey Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Informations
Workshops for Children and Teens












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Director Kyrus Keenan Westcott Journey (foreground) journeys "Into the Woods" with cast members, front row, from left, Karl Weigand, Natalie Romeo, Ben Menahem, Kara Wilson, and Julie Stein; back row, from left, Frank Ferrara, Jenn Winn, John Zimmerman, Misha Barker, Christina Kosyla, Bill Weir, Kyla Donnelly Mostello, Taylor Lloyd and Jenna O'Neill.

The Baker (John Zimmerman) and his wife (Kara Wilson)
Front row, from left, Ben Menahem (Cinderella's Prince)
and Karl Weigand (Jack); back row, from left, Frank
Ferrara (The Steward) John Zimmerman
(The Baker) and Bill Weir (The Narrator).
Introducing the Ladies of the Woods: front row,
Misha Barker (Rapunzel), left, and Christina Kosyla (Cinderella);
middle row, from left, Kara Wilson (Baker's Wife), Jenna O'Neill (Witch), Kyla Donnelly Mostello (Cinderella's Stepmother) and Julie Stein (Florinda); back row, from left, Jenn Winn (Jack's Mother), Natalie
Romeo (Little Red Riding Hood) and Taylor Lloyd (Lucinda).