"My Favorite Year" Captures Comedy and Drama of Early Television at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Feb. 15-24

1/15/08


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.

Starring in "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.

Starring in "My Favorite Year" are, from left,
Ken Ambs as King Kaiser, Bill Kamps as
Benjy Stone, and Mike Schiumo as Alan Swann.
Do they have a secret? Mike Schiumo as faded
movie star Alan Swann with Tess Ammerman as Tess.
Explorers in the bold, new world of television
include, from left, Kyrus Westcott,
Benjy Stone and Keith Neilsen.

Tickets for "My Favorite Year" are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. 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. To request a brochure by mail, email your request here. For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

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