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Twenty Minutes to Curtain Company Returns with "Hansel and Gretel Musical" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Sept. 3-19
8/13/10


West 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 in Wonderland."

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.

The 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.

Hansel (Ryan Sax) and Gretel (Marissa Marciano) with Lauren Rooney, featured in the dual roles of stepmother and witch. Photo by William Brafford.
As Hansel and Gretel sleep, forrest creatures comes to life. Photo by Willam Brafford.
Also featured are, from left, Salena Qureshi as Platter, Jenny Horowitz as Kettle and Julia Mitchell as Spoon. Photo by William Brafford.

Tickets 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 online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible.For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

 

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