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Musical “Working” Celebrates American Workers at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Nov. 1-10


West Windsor, N.J. – For everyone who has ever had a long, tough day on the job comes the musical “Working,” presented by Playful Theatre Productions at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. This inspiring, compelling portrait of “average” Americans will be performed Fridays, Nov. 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 2 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew takes place following the opening night performance on Nov. 1.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, which was published in 1974, this newest version of the “Working” musical celebrates the lives and contributions of the men and women who are so often overlooked: the school teacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, and the stay-at-home mom, to name just a few.  

The "Working" cast includes, top row from left,
John Wishnie, William Kamps and Vicky Czarnik; seated
from left, Lisa Ernst, Fred Gropper and Hannah Shaffer.

This highly original look at American workers features 26 songs by an all-star list of composers including Micki Grant, Craig Carnelia, Lin-Manual Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award-winning folk legend James Taylor.

The ensemble cast features: Vicky Czarnik of Langhorne, Pa., William Kamps of Burlington, Lisa Ernst of Hightstown, Fred Gropper of Yardley, Pa., Hannah Shaffer of Millstone Township, and John Wishnie of Morrisville, Pa.

The production team includes director Jarad Benn, musical director Mike Gilch, choreographer Nicole Farina-Machin and stage managers Ruth Kresge and Nancy Russell.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children.  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.

For a print copy of the new 2013-14 season brochure, call the Box Office. For the complete events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre, visit:

2013-14 Kelsey Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Informations
Workshops for Children and Teens

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