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M & M Stage Production Presents Holiday Favorite, “Miracle on 34th Street,” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Nov. 21-30

10/27/14


West Windsor, N.J. – Welcome in the holiday season at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre as M & M Stage Productions presents the Christmas favorite, “Miracle on 34th Street.”  Performance dates for this joyous family musical are Fridays, Nov. 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. (Shows have been added on Saturday afternoons to accommodate family audiences.)

Kelsey Theatre is conveniently 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 Nov. 21.

Doris Walker is an executive at Macy’s Department Store and the single mother of 6-year-old Susan. A pragmatist, Doris has decided not to fill her daughter's head with silly notions – like believing in Santa Claus!  When Macy’s hires a new Santa for the holiday season, he is almost too good at his job as he listens to the dreams of little boys and girls.  Could he possibly be the real Kris Kringle?  Once the courts get involved, Santa’s fate and the very future of Christmas hang in the balance. "Miracle on 34th Street" is a heart-warming tale of love and faith that will make a believer out of everyone!
 
Based on the 1947 film, the stage version came to Broadway in 1963, along with several versions for television.  Filled with humor, spectacle, and beloved songs like "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," the show has become a family holiday classic.

The cast stars Sally Page of Princeton as Doris Walker; Roman Sohor of Manalapan as Fred Gailey; Aanya Menon of Belle Mead as Susan Walker; Dan Slothower of Plainsboro as Shellhammer, Sheldon Bruce Zeff of Newtown,Pa., as Kris Kringle; Arnold Brown of Monroe as Mr. Macy; Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as Mr. Gimble; Eve Connolly of Lawrenceville as Judge Group; Chuck Denk of Princeton as Thomas Mara; Judy Venturini of Mercerville as Mrs. Crookshank; Stacy Danka of Allentown as Clara; Jeffrey Millstein of East Windsor as Mr. Sawyer; Dylan Katz of West Windsor as Thomas Mara, Jr., Maya Karp of Marlboro as Henrika; Teddy Brendel of Cranbury as Harry Finfer; John Maurer of Ewing as Tammany; and Gene Pullen of New Egypt as the Bailiff.

The ensemble includes Mike Almstedt of Hamilton, Amanda Bank of Princeton, Addison Blumberg of Yardley, Mary Rose Brendel of Cranbury, Mike DiIorio of Hamilton, Kaitlyn Dunkel of Hamilton, Diana Gilman Maurer of Ewing, Charlie Gormley of Morrisville, Pa., Kimmy Graham of Yardley, Pa., Colton Jiorle of Fairless Hills, Pa., Makenna Katz of West Windsor, Jack Lynch of Princeton, Michael Marrero of Hamilton, Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton, Fiona Misiura of Hightstown, Tara Misiura of Hightstown, Hudson Orfe of Titusville, Julia Patella of Cranbury, Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Andrew Reiman of Yardville, Sarah Scatena of Robbinsville, Christopher Schmalbach of Marlton, Jeanette Smith of West Windsor and Tara Wagner of Hamilton.

From left, Sheldon Bruce Zeff as Kris Kringle, Roman Sohor as Fred Gailey, Aanya Menon as Susan Walker and Sally Page as Doris Walker.

Santa with toys! It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
"I believe!" says Thomas Mara, Jr. (Dylan Katz, seated). Also pictured, clockwise from left, Kris Kringle (Sheldon Bruce Zeff) Judge Group (Eve Connolly), Thomas Mara (Chuck Denk), Mr. Sawyer (Jeffrey Millstein), and Fred Gailey ( Roman Sohor).

The show is directed by Tom Bessellieu and produced by Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, with musical direction by Charlie Demets and choreography by Laura Ghaffoor Murey. Chris Szemis is the stage manager, Louisa Murey is the costumer and lighting is by M. Kitty Getlik.  Cast photography is by Robert Gougher.

Tickets for “Miracle on 34th Street” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased 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.

For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2014-15 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure., visit:

Kelsey Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

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