In the early
days of television, broadcasts were live - with potential results
ranging from brilliant to embarrassing or worse. Join the Pennington
Players as they recreate that pioneering era in the musical comedy,
"My Favorite Year," at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Fridays
and Saturdays, Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Feb.
17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. An opening night reception
will be held Feb. 15 to give audience an opportunity to meet the
cast and crew.
It's 1954 and
junior writer Benjy Stone is hard at work on TV's hit variety show,
King Kaiser's Comedy Cavalcade. Stone's job takes an unexpected
turn when he volunteers to spend the week playing nursemaid to his
childhood Hollywood hero, Alan Swann, who is scheduled to make a
live appearance on the show. Swann is more than a washed up, swashbuckling
movie star; he's a womanizer with a major drinking problem. As Benjy
does his best to keep Swann out of trouble, the two find common
ground, sharing adventures and life lessons.
"My Favorite Year" are Bill Kamps as Benjy Stone and Mike
Schiumo as Alan Swann. The supporting cast includes Ken Ambs as
King Kaiser, Tess Ammerman as Tess, Melissa Angelo as Alice/Belle,
Kristina Mancini as K.C. Downing, Keith Neilsen as Leo Silver, Kevin
Palardy as Sy/Uncle Morty, Kyrus Westcott as Herb/Rookie, and Stephanie
Zimmerman as Aunt Sadie/Secretary. Ensemble
members include Kelly Allen, Allie Graham, Tom Hausher, Kim Konczos,
Paul Lasky, Dennis McGuire, Nikki Paulino, Shannon Rackow, John
Russell, Wendy Watt, Eric Wishnie, James Zimmerman and Jessica Zimmerman.
The crew includes director and choreographer John Zimmerman, producers
Maryellen Birdsey and Dottie Farina, vocal director Chris Madison,
and musical director Lou Woodruff.