Show Is Smash Hit of Its Own
Windsor, N.J. - In its very own version of the Tony Awards,
actors, production companies and Kelsey Theatre fans rocked
the house on August 11 for the second annual Kelsey Theatre
Awards Night. The event, which drew an audience of close
to 300, was part musical revue and part comedy routines, but
most importantly, a recognition of excellence for productions
presented during the 2011-12 season, based on votes cast by
more than 1,100 people in two rounds of online voting this
According to Kelsey Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik, the
awards night was a fast-paced, affectionate look at the past
year at Kelsey. The show started off with a hilarious take-off
on songs from West Side Story, complete with cool choreography
and riotous references to the companies, directors, producers,
and stars of Kelsey shows. Each of the productions nominated
for Best Musical was in the spotlight once again, presenting
a production number from their shows.
"The comedy routines were hilarious and the dance numbers
were stunning," Getlik said. Her personal favorite was
a version of The Cell Block Tango from "Chicago,"
featuring actresses from six different shows in a number entitled
"He Didn't Cast Me."
Maurer Productions OnStage, led by the unparalleled John and
Diana Maurer, both of whom are MCCC alumni, was the big winner
of the evening, earning awards for all three of its shows
last season: "AIDA," "Laughter on the 23rd
Floor" and "The Drowsy Chaperone." John Maurer
won for Best Director and Best Production of a Play for "Laughter
on the 23rd Floor." "AIDA" won for Best Musical.
Lead Actress in a Musical went to Meera Mohan for "AIDA
," Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical went to Mark Applegate
for "The Drowsy Chaperone," and Nick Pecht and Joe
Zedeney won Best Villians for the same show.
Said Getlik, "Maurer Productions had so many awards,
at one point Diana Maurer tripped over them on the way up
to the podium to accept another."
Kelsey Theatre's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented
to Associate Professor Bob Terrano, coordinator of MCCC's
Entertainment Technology program. His segment included a short
slide show of his accomplishments and his passions, including
his three adorable grandchildren.
alums John and Diana Maurer display one of Maurer Productions'
Zedeney, left, and Nick Pecht won the Best Villians Award for
their roles as the gangsters/bakery chefs in "The Drowsy
an acknowledgement of Mercer's home-grown talent, Terrano's
EnTech students came out the winners in both the Best Lighting
and Sound Design categories.
Best Play category, the award for Outstanding Lead Actress
went to Diana Cooper, the daughter of Mercer's very own Rose
Cooper of The Center for Continuing Studies, for her role
in "And Then There Were None." Her leading man,
Mark Swift, won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play.
Co-hosts Kyrus Westcott, an MCCC alum and Kelsey actor who
also directs for The Pennington Players, and Kelsey actor
Dominick Sanelli were an outstanding comedic duo, while a
tongue-in-cheek comedy routine written by another Kelsey regular,
Tom Bessellieu (husband of Kelsey Administrative Assistant
Amy Bessellieu), featured shows that did not quite make it
- like "Breath of a Salesman." Westcott was the
event's lead organizer, overseeing the online voting and event
promotion via Facebook.
Getlik observes that the enthusiasm and good humor overflowing
at Kelsey Theatre during the evening was palpable. "The
college and the community are so fortunate to have these companies
and actors who have decided to make Kelsey Theatre their home.
Clearly, they have raised the bar. You are guaranteed a good
time at Kelsey Theatre," she said.
Getlik invites everyone to check out the new season, which
starts September 7 with the iconic musical "Pippin."
More on the 2012-13 Kelsey season is available here.
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