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Love's Complications Reign in "Twelfth Night"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre July 1-10


West Windsor, N.J.- William Shakespeare's whimsical comedy, "Twelfth Night," is the season opener for Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre 2011 Summer Festival. Shakespeare '70, Mercer County's classical repertory company, sets the stage for a gender-bending romantic charade of seduction, deception, misplaced passions and other mischief Fridays, July 1 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, July 2 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, July 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Apparently identical brother-sister twins are separated in a shipwreck only to arrive, independently, at the mythical place called Illyria. There the woman takes on the disguise of a boy, and the man finds himself the focus not only of the amorous advances of a woman who has fallen for his sister (in disguise), but also of a group of madcap rascals. Confusion reigns before lovers, twins, and fun-lovers all find happy endings.

Says the show's director, Dr. Frank Erath, "Performed on Kelsey's wonderful open stage in the true spirit of the theater of Shakespeare, the show promises fun for all. By all means, bring the kids!" Erath, of Biddeford Pool, ME, is in his 42nd summer of Shakespeare. Assistant Director is Janet Quartarone and Laura Hargreaves is stage manager.

Starring in "Twelfth Night" are Emily West of Morrisville, Pa., as Viola; Heather Duncan of Aberdeen as Olivia; Maddie Patrick of Hamilton as Maria; Dan Keyser of Mahwah as Orsino; George Hartpence of New Hope, Pa., as Malvolio; Dale Simon of Flemington as Sir Toby Belch; Michael Krahel of Hillsborough as Sir Andrew Aguecheek; Kevin Lancaster of Cherry Hill as Fabian; Pat Albanesius of Hamilton as Feste; Andrew Timmes of Colonia as Sebastian; Jack Bathke of Hamilton as Antonio; Noah Houlihan of Bellmawr as Curio; and Pat Maley of Branchville as Valentine.

Erath notes that this production of "Twelfth Night" comes precisely 40 years after Shakespeare '70s' first presentation of the play in 1971. Prior to the performance on Saturday, July 9, Shakespeare '70 will hold a silent auction in the Kelsey Theatre lobby, featuring unique and affordable theater and Shakespeare-themed gifts, books and artwork. Proceeds help the not-for-profit company in its commitment to great theatrical works. Bidding starts at 7 p.m. More about Shakespeare '70 is available here.

Tickets for "Twelfth Night" are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the theater.

From left, Maria (Madeline Patrick) scolds Sir Toby Belch (Dale Simon) as Feste (Pat Albanesius) looks on. Photos by Tom Curbishley.
Cesario (Emily West) tries to woo Olivia (heather Duncan).
Count Orsino (Dan Keyser) advises Viola (Emily West),
who is disguised as Cesario, about love.

Other shows in the Kelsey Summer Festival are: Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma," presented by The Yardley Players July 15-July 24; "13 The Musical," presented by the Pennington Players July 29-Aug. 7; and "Forever Plaid," a musical homage to guy groups of the 50's, Aug. 19-28. Special children's performances of "Camp Muckalucka" will be presented by Tom Stankus, known as the musical Pied Piper, on July 8 and 9.

Kelsey Theatre offers a discounted series package that includes all four full-length productions (not including "Camp Muckalucka") for over 40% off regular ticket prices. For more information on series packages or tickets for individual shows, visit the Kelsey Summer Series or call the Box Office.

or a complete listing of the events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre, visit:

Kelsey Theatre Summer Series
Kelsey Website
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and
Performing Arts Workshops

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