Reunion Is Setting of "Follies"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Nov. 16-25
crumbling theater scheduled for demolition is the setting for "Follies,"
a nostalgic look at the lives of theater people. Pierrot Productions
presents this classic Stephen Sondheim musical at Mercer County Community
College's Kelsey Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 16, 17, 23 and
24 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre
is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
of seven Tony Awards, "Follies" revisits the glory days
of the "Weisman Follies," a musical revue based on the
legendary Ziegfeld Follies that played between the two World Wars.
Among the performers returning for one last chance to celebrate
their theater and their youth are two troubled couples - Buddy and
Sally Durant Plummer, and Ben and Phyllis Rogers Stone. The reunion
brings up old wounds and forces the aging performers to consider
how far their lives have diverged from their youthful dreams. Set
to a beautiful musical score, the former Follies girls recreate
some of their most memorable numbers, with Sally and Phyllis shadowed
by ghosts of their younger selves.
Starring in "Follies" are: Patricia Bartlett as Sally
Durant Plummer; Allwyn Baskin as Benjamin Stone; Ashley Opalka as
Phyllis Rogers Stone; and Fred Gropper as Buddy Plummer. Vicky Czarnik
stars as Carlotta Campion. Starring as the principal actors' "younger"
selves are: Tess Ammerman as Young Phyllis, Antwan Michael as Young
Ben, Keith Nielsen as Young Buddy, and Elizabeth Rzasa as Young
Bartlett is Sally and Fred Gropper is Buddy.
is Phyllis and Allwyn Baskin is Ben.
principal actors with their "younger" selves,
Keith Neilsen as Young Buddy, Liz Rzasa as Young Sally,
Patricia Bartlett as Sally Durant Plummer, Fred Gropper
as Buddy Plummer, Antwan Michael as Young Ben,
Tess Ammerman as Young Phyllis, Allwyn Baskin as
Ben Stone, and Ashley Opalka as Phyllis Rogers Stone.
featured are: Sasha Alexandria, Kelly Allen, Frank Andrews, Michelle Attardi,
Fred Bartlett, Michael Baskin-Searles, Jack Bathke, Lee Benson, Barry
Clemants, Brenda Clemants, Michelle Dzieminski, Liza Gearty, Emily Humes,
Phyllis Josephson, Jeanne LaPolla, Annamarie Leiggi, Marilyn Licciardello,
Sarah Lightman, Katie McCabe, Peter Meerwarth, Victor Miller, Ray Murphy,
John Russell, Lynn Shelton, Meg Walker, and Eric Wishnie. The show is
directed by Ruth Markoe, with musical direction by Lou Woodruff, vocal
direction by Pam Sharples, and choreography by Christine Colosimo.
for "Follies" 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 for the 2007-08
season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.
To request a brochure by mail, email your request here.
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