N.J.- The intrigue surrounding the life and death of composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is chronicled in "Amadeus,"
coming to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre
in January. Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning drama will
be presented by PinnWorth Productions Fridays, Jan. 7 and
14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and
Sundays, Jan. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently
located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Set in 18th century Vienna, a city brimming with beauty, brilliance
and mystery, "Amadeus" offers a fictionalized narrative
of two men whose fates are regrettably intertwined: Mozart,
the brilliant, manic genius who composes inspired symphonies,
and Antonio Salieri, the less-gifted court musician who observes
Mozart's successes with envy and rails against a God who has
bestowed such talent on this feckless boy. As Salieri's spiritual
disillusion and blinding resentments deepen, the stage is
set for Mozart's downfall.
"Amadeus" stars John Shanken-Kaye of Doylestown,
Pa., as Salieri and Matty Daley of Toms River as the young
Mozart. (Both were seen in last season's PinnWorth Production
of "Equus.") Appearing as Mozart's wife, Constanze,
is Ashley Stuart of Princeton Junction, previously seen on
the Kelsey stage as Honey in "Who's Afraid of Virginia
also includes Walt Rosenfeld of Pennington and Rob Gougher
of Newtown, Pa., playing the Venticellis, Salieri's eyes and
ears in the gossip-filled city. Other cast members are Chris
E. Arena of Ewing as Orsini; Frank Ferrara of West Windsor
as Van Swieten; Robert Goodwin of New Brunswick as Guiseppe
Bonno; Jackie Nam Nguyen of Jersey City as the Priest; Morgan
Petronis of Delran as Theresa Salieri; Elizabeth Rzasa of
Lawrenceville as Katherina Cavalieri; Jeff Scharf of Yardley,
Pa., as Major Domo Cook; Dave Walter as the Valet; and Russ
Weiss of Princeton Junction as Von Strack.
is directed by Lou J Stalsworth of Allentown.
Set and costume design is by Kate Pinner, Stalsworth's wife.
An 18-year backstage veteran at Kelsey Theatre, Pinner has
been working on the costumes since May in an effort to replicate
down to the button the clothing of Mozart's day. Lighting
and sound design are by Robert Terrano of East Windsor.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students
and children. Free parking is available next to the theater.
Tickets may be purchased online
at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office
at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible.
For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit
the Kelsey website.
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Rzasa as Katherina Cavalier, the
paramour of Salieri (John Shanken-Kaye).