Pennington Players Serve Up Delicious Comedy,
"The Baker's Wife," at Kelsey Theatre Jan. 5-14


What is a French village without its bread? Apparently, it's a crisis! Join the Pennington Players for "The Baker's Wife" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this charming musical are: Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Jan. 7and 14 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. An opening night reception will follow the performance on Jan. 5 to give the audience a chance to meet the cast and crew.

Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein from the French film "La Femme de Boulanger" by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, this delightful tale focuses on a village that has lost its baker. The arrival of Aimable, the talented new baker, and his lovely young wife Genevieve is accompanied by much joy and celebration. But the celebration is cut short when Genevieve is wooed away by a young handyman. The distraught baker falls apart, along with his bread-making abilities. The villagers must put aside their petty squabbles and come up with a plan to lure back Aimable's wife if they want their daily bread!

The "Baker and his Wife" are Deena Toni Frankel (with rolling pin) and Tom Bessellieu. Among the colorful townspeople are, background left to right: Kristina Mancini, Michael Schiumo, Lynn Baskin, and Fred Gropper.

Starring in "The Baker's Wife" are: Tom Bessellieu as Aimable, Deena Toni Frankel as Genevieve, James Petro as Dominique, Carrie Rupnow-Kidd as Denise, Fred Bartlett as Doumergue, Lynn Baskin as Pierre, Jay Harris as Barnaby, Marc Flicker as Antoine, Fred Gropper as Claude, Wayne Irons as M. Le Martine, Kristin Keenan as Therese, Sarah Krauss as Simone, Kristina Mancini as Inez, Rachel Messler as Nicole, Kevin Palardy as M. Le Cure, Elizabeth Rzasa as Hortense, Michael Schiumo as M. Le Marquis, and Ben Walker as Phillipe. The show is directed by Frank Ferrara and produced by Jenn Gregg, with musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and choreography by Nicole Farina.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

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