West Windsor, N.J. – It’s awards season once again at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. The “2015 Kelsey Theatre Awards,” a Tony Awards-inspired evening that celebrates the past year’s theatrical successes, takes place Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Says Kyrus Westcott, the show’s producer/director and head writer, “There is so much talent, energy and professionalism on stage and behind the scenes at Kelsey Theatre every season. This ceremony is our version of the Tony Awards. It gives us a chance to recognize the actors and production teams who make the magic happen.” The Kelsey Awards ceremony has been jointly hosted by K2K Entertainment and Kelsey Theatre since 2011. (The awards program began in 2009.)
Winners in 26 categories will be announced. Among the categories are best performances, best technical achievements, best direction and best choreography. The ceremony will also honor Kate Pinner, Technical Coordinator at Kelsey Theatre and an MCCC adjunct instructor, who will earn a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards are based on voting by Kelsey Theatre fans. (The voting continues through July 5.) Visit https://thekelseyreport.wordpress.com.
This year's show is hosted by actresses Jaimie McMillin, Maria Aromando and Kim Cupo – all of whom have had major roles in shows at Kelsey Theatre, especially in the past three years.
The event will include performances from the past season, featuring the casts of CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, Meet Me in St. Louis, Into the Woods, and The Secret Garden, along with cast members from The Producers (2009) and Pippin (2012). Returning for a fifth year of entertainment will be the Kelsey Theatre Dance Squad, choreographed by Rachel Tovar. The show will also feature well-known performers in comedy sketches and presentations.
Tickets are $16 for all. Tickets are available online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.
According to Westcott, the voting season and awards began online in 2009 and 2010, and evolved into a live show in 2011. “It’s become an annual event that features two rounds of voting by more than 3,000 people, as well as a great turnout at the ceremony. A wonderful production staff helps pull off this huge event,” he says.
For the complete events schedule, including the upcoming season at Kelsey Theatre, visit:
Kelsey Theatre Schedule
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