to Curtain Company Returns with "Hansel and Gretel Musical"
at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Sept. 3-19
Windsor, N.J. -- Making good on its promise to return annually,
Twenty Minutes to Curtain Company, under the wing of legendary
costume designer and show producer Arthur Gerold, presents an
original adaptation of the classic fairytale, "Hansel
and Gretel" as the opening show of the 2010-11 season
at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. The company
opened last year's season with its crowd-pleasing musical, "Alice
Dates and show times for this full-length family show are: Fridays,
Sept. 3 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 4, 11 and 18 at
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 5, 12, and 19 at 2
p.m. (Note: In observance of Yom Kippur, there is no performance
on Sept. 17.) Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
According to director Claudia Perry, the show is a lively new
take on the Grimm's fairytale, with book, music and lyrics by
Marilyn Gerold. "There are upbeat, catchy songs and themes
of contemporary family life that make it is ideal entertainment
for children and parents alike," Perry says.
Perry adds that this is not your typical story of two poor children
lost in the forest. "There are numerous characters who
befriend Hansel and Gretel-- a Bear, a Fallen Leaf, a Bump on
the Log, and an enchanted Platter, Spoon, Pot and Kettle. All
are sympathetic to the children's dilemma when they are captured
by the witch who lives in the sumptuous gingerbread house."
In a newly commissioned ballet written specifically for this
show, there are Dancing Fireflies who tuck the children in for
the night with a silken spider web.
cast features Ryan Sax of Langhorne, PA, as Hansel; Marissa
Marciano of Plainsboro as Gretel; Michael Cinquino of Bristol,
PA, as Father; Lauren Rooney of Philadelphia, PA, as Stepmother/Witch;
Jenny Horowitz of East Windsor as Bear/Kettle; Lauren Lynch
of Columbus as Fallen Leaf; Salena Qureshi of Columbus as
Platter; Julia Mitchell of Yardley, PA, as Spoon; Eric Simon
of Princeton Junction as Pot/Spider/Bump; and Rebecca Mann
of Feasterville, PA, as Firefly.
The production team includes producer Arthur Gerold; musical
director Eric Barnes; director Claudia Perry; production manager
Michael J. Pastorok; technical director Chris Whelan; set
designers Laura Downs and Allison Fontana; lighting director
Jerry Jonas; and choreographer Rex Henriques.
(Ryan Sax) and Gretel (Marissa Marciano) with Lauren Rooney,
featured in the dual roles of stepmother and witch. Photo
by William Brafford.
Hansel and Gretel sleep, forrest creatures comes to life.
Photo by Willam Brafford.
featured are, from left, Salena Qureshi as Platter, Jenny
Horowitz as Kettle and Julia Mitchell as Spoon. Photo by William
are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children.
Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible.For
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