West Windsor, N.J. – It’s awards season at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. The “2014 Kelsey Theatre Awards,” a Tony Awards-inspired evening that celebrates the theatrical successes of the past year, takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Says Kyrus Westcott, the show’s producer, director and head writer, “It's just like the Tony Awards, except in our own backyard. It’s amazing how much talent is on display at Kelsey Theatre each year. This is our chance to recognize these people and relive some of the very best moments.”
Winners in a variety of categories will be announced during the ceremony. The awards are based on voting by Kelsey Theatre fans. (The voting continues through Aug. 10 at http://thekelseyawards.wordpress.com.)
Actors from the five shows nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical will perform this year. The shows include “Les Miserables” (Playful Theatre Productions); “Big River”(The Pennington Players); “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”(PinnWorth Productions);“Spamalot” (Maurer Productions OnStage); and “Shrek: The Musical”(Maurer Productions OnStage).
The cast of “13: The Musical,” which was presented by The Pennington Players in 2011, will present a special reunion performance; a reunion performance of another show is also planned, but is being kept secret until the ceremony.
Comedic routines and special cameos by Kelsey Theatre regulars are also part of the festivities, as well as numbers by the Kelsey Theatre Dance Squad, now in its fourth year of dancing at the ceremony. Choreographed by Rachel Tovar, the dance team includes Shannon Flanagan, Lexi Schlaifer, Cindy George, Bridget Carmichael and Amy Oliver and will perform upbeat dance numbers throughout the evening.