Little Whorehouse in Texas” Whoops It Up
At MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 10-26
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.
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.
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.
in the Park production is directed by Diane Wargo, with musical
direction by Pat Masterson and choreography by Jacqui Mihalik.
$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.
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.
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
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., 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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