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Jealousy, Betrayal Unfold in "Amadeus"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Jan. 7-16


West Windsor, 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 Woolf?"

The cast 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.

The show 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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Elizabeth Rzasa as Katherina Cavalier, the
paramour of Salieri (John Shanken-Kaye).

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Matty Daley is composer Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart and Ashley Stuart is his wife, Constanze.
Court composer Antonio Salieri (John Shanken-Kaye),
left, with Mozart (Matty Daley).
From left, Frank Ferrara, Sean McGrath,
John Shanken-Kaye and Chris Arena.
From left, Robert Goodwin, Jackie Nam Nguyen,
Jeff Scharf, and David Walter
"Amadeus" cast members