Windsor, N.J. - With a goal to encourage students to explore
"pure creativity," Mercer County Community College's
theatre and dance students will spend the first weekend in
December on stage as they present original dance and physical
theater. Performances take place at the college's Studio Theatre,
located next to Kelsey Theatre on the West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
A Student Dance Concert takes place Friday, Dec. 3
at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Under the direction
of instructor Janell Byrne, five student choreographers will
present 10 original numbers inspired by a variety of dance
traditions. The performance will feature from 20 to 25 dancers
performing solo and in small groups.
According to Theatre/Dance Program Coordinator Jody Person,
the concert will give advanced students an opportunity to
blend skills they have learned in their choreography and technique
courses. "We are encouraging them to be wildly creative,"
he said, adding that the choreographers will not appear in
their own numbers. "We want students to watch and critique
what they have created."
choreographers include: Amanda Evans of Hamilton, Laura Murey
of Hamilton, Brianne Scott of Allentown, Maleek Colvin of
Trenton, and Lauren-Carmel Sirak of Trenton.
on Dec. 4, Theatre students will perform "The Storm"
at 8 p.m., with a second performance to follow Sunday, Dec.
5 at 2 p.m. Person describes this new play as "a set
piece with a script, in which students also use improv to
explore the work and to come up with movement ideas."
Themes of loss
and parent-child dynamics echo those of Shakespeare's "The
Tempest," which students will perform in the spring.
The show is an exercise in pure creativity, Person notes.
"The actors will explore the balance between movement
and text. They will also have a chance to interact with the
audience. There is no traditional seating. The audience will
be invited to move around. Some of the action will take place
above, below and next to them. The students are excited and
curious about how this improvisational work will turn out."
Featured in "The Storm" are : Ryan Homer of East
Windsor, Taylor Pickett-Stokes of Trenton, Aidin Clemons of
Trenton, Terry Brown Jr. of Hightstown, Ned Ianacone of Princeton
Junction, Nicholas Andrejco of Trenton, Parker Harris of Lawrenceville,
and Tristan Takacs of Hamilton.
productions feature lighting and sound by MCCC's Entertainment
Technology students with lighting design by Program Coordinator
Robert A. Terrano and sound design by instructor Alex DeFazio;
sets and costumes by Kate Pinner; and stage management by
for both events are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10
for students and children. Tickets may be purchased by calling
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333 or by ordering
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