Kelsey Theatre's New Summer Line-Up Kicks off with
"Comedy of Errors" June 30-July 9
Summer Series Discount Packages On Sale Now


5/22/06


What better way to start a new tradition than with one of Shakespeare’s earliest and funniest works? MCCC's Kelsey Theatre opens its doors this summer for three full-scale family productions. The first, Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” will be presented by Shakespeare ’70 Fridays, June 30 and July 7 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, July 1 and 8 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, July 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

“The Comedy of Errors” is a happy jumble of mistaken identities involving two sets of twins and some very confused family members, all set in the magical land of Ephesus. In a story drawn from classical sources, the show relies on slapstick for many of its laughs and critics agree that it is a play that must be experienced on the stage to be fully enjoyed and appreciated.


George Hartpence is Antipholus of Syracuse and Carol Thompson is Luciana, Adriana's sister, in Shakespeare '70's production of "Comedy of Errors,"
coming to Kelsey Theatre.

Shakespeare '70 is Mercer County's only classical theatre company, committed to bringing the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the works of other great dramatists to the audiences of the Delaware Valley. After a run of 36 summers at The Open Air Theater, Shakespeare '70 is moving to Kelsey Theatre. Dr. John F. Erath, the company's president, notes that the new venue will provide loyal patrons and friends a theater where the temperatures are always cool, there is never a threat of rain and the mosquitoes are barred at the front door. Though the actors and staff will miss the old setting, everyone is excited by the possibilities that a working, professional location will provide. "We loved the park," said Nikki Renella, the company's stage manager, "but we are ready to move on." Director Dr. Frank Erath, the actors and staff invite all friends of the theater to come to Kelsey and experience the joyous fun that is "The Comedy of Errors."

The cast includes: Patrick Albanesius as Dromio of Syracuse; Ken Ammerman as Antonio, a merchant; Glen Calhoun as Solinus, Duke of Ephesus; George Hartpence as Antipholus of Syracuse; Rupert Hinton as Aegeon, merchant of Syracuse; Tracy Hawkins as Aemilia, abbess at Ephesus; Elizabeth Hults as a courtesan; James Introcaso as Dromio of Ephesus; Stephen Kazakoff as Antipholus of Ephesus; Carol Kehoe as Adriana, wife to Antipholus; Larry Leverett as Balthasar, a merchant; Roger Lienhart as an officer; Shaheen Mamawala as Luce, the cook; Carol Thompson as Luciana, Adriana's sister; and Dennis Trainor as Angelo, a goldsmith. The show is directed by Dr. Frank Erath.

In its autumn and winter home at The College of New Jersey, Shakespeare '70 has produced plays by some of the world's great playwrights, such as Sheridan, Ibsen, Shaw and Oscar Wilde, for more than 12 years. "The campus ambience is one in which we flourish," said Dale Simon, the resident Set Designer.

Tickets for "Comedy" are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, students and children. 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.

Other shows in Mercer's summer series include "The Music Man," to be presented by The Yardley Players July 14-23, and "Grease," presented by Stars in the Park from July 28 to August 5. Patrons may purchase the whole series for only $26 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, and $18 for students and children – a savings of over 40%.

For more on events at Kelsey see:

Kelsey Summer Series
Kelsey Webpage
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

Directions to MCCC

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