“Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” Whoops It Up
At MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 10-26

1/17/06

Get ready for a big, splashy musical about a fun-loving brothel when Stars in the Park presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18 and 25 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. An opening night reception will follow the Feb. 10 performance to give audience members a chance to meet the cast and crew.

This very special ranch, euphemistically known as the Chicken Ranch, regularly welcomes patrons ranging from Texas politicians to college football players. Its madam is Miss Mona, who happens to be in love with the local sheriff. The town is fine with this arrangement until a sleazy television newsman publicizes the ranch’s activities, the governor joins the fray, and all hell breaks loose. Full of rousing country show tunes and large scale production numbers, the show is based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel that operated from the 1840's to 1973, when it was finally shut down through the efforts of a crusading Houston radio commentator and his conservative audience.

“Whorehouse” may be best known in its movie version starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, but it was originally produced onstage by the famed New York Actors Studio. Its Off-Broadway run garnered three Drama Desk Awards before a successful run on Broadway. It was written by Texans Larry L. King and actor/director Peter Masterson, with music by Carol Hall.

The Stars in the Park production is directed by Diane Wargo, with musical direction by Pat Masterson and choreography by Jacqui Mihalik.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-584-9444. 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.

 

Miss Mona (center) and "working girls": back row, l. to r., Alycia Bauch-Cantor, Kristen Heiser; middle row, Chelsea Wargo and Elena Caracappa; front row, l. to r., Candace Chmielewski, Mindy Scudder and Danielle Rodgers.

Top row, l. to r., Mindy Scudder, Elena Caracappa, Ray Murphy as the Governor, Alycia Bauch-Cantor, and Candace Chmielewski; front row, Jim Palmer as the senator, Chelsea Wargo and Danielle Rodgers.

 
Top row, l. to r., Alycia Bauch-Cantor, Chelsea Wargo, Lunda Cornelius as Miss Mona, John Shanken-Kaye as Sheriff Dodd, Kristen Heiser as Miss Mona's lively maid, Danielle Rodgers and Elena Caracappa; front row, l. to r., Candace Chmielewski and Mindy Scudder.

Back row, l. to r., Matthew Whiteside, Keith Neilson and John Russell; middle row, Jeff Pilchman and Chris Arena; front, Krystal Vozza.

 

For more on events at Kelsey see:

2005-06 Kelsey Performance Schedule
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

 

 

 

Standing, back row, l. to r., Matt Whiteside, Candace Chmielewski, Chris Arena and Elena Caracappa; middle row, kneeling l. to r., Mindy Scudder, John Russell, James Zoladz and Danielle Rodgers; front threesome, Chelsea Wargo, Joe Zedeny, and Alycia Bauch-Cantor.

 

 

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