Theatre Salutes Hollywood in
Subscriber Packages Now on Sale
Community College's Kelsey Theatre will roll out the red carpet
with a tribute to Hollywood during its 2009-2010 season set to begin
September 4. Among the 16 full-length dramas, comedies and musicals
are "Alice in Wonderland - The Musical," "Jekyll
& Hyde," "Equus," "The Producers" and
"My Fair Lady." The Kelsey Kids Series features professional
productions presented by talented traveling troupes.
Kelsey Theatre is Mercer County's premiere family theater, located
West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Discounted series
packages are on sale now; subscribers will receive savings of up
to 45% off regular ticket prices. Tickets for all individual Kelsey
performances go on sale August 25.
Kelsey Theatre staffers invite you to enjoy a tribute to Hollywood
in 2009-2010. Pictured are Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik (second
from right) with staff members, from left, Kate Pinner, Marc Flicker,
Tracy Antozzeski, Amy Bessellieu, Dan Spalluto, Marge Maurer and
its theme of "Hooray for Hollywood," Kelsey Artistic Director
M. Kitty Getlik notes that this year's schedule is drawn from shows that
were made into movies and vice versa. "From Broadway to Hollywood,
there seems to be a habit of sharing the best in dramas, comedies and
musicals. We hope that audience members will be thrilled to see the stage
versions of their favorite films. This season promises to provide glorious
moments of pathos, humanity and hilarity." Getlik adds that all musicals
are accompanied by a live community orchestra and that ticket prices for
Kelsey shows remain a small fraction of the cost of a ticket to Broadway.
The season of full-length productions opens with a world premiere adaptation
of "Alice in Wonderland," with music and lyrics by Marilyn
Gerold based on the Lewis Carroll classic. Presented by 20 Minutes
to Curtain Productions, the musical opens Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.
with a special fundraiser reception to follow the show. (Note: The ticket
price for this performance only is $50.) Additional performances for the
whole family are from Sept. 5-13. Next up is the epic battle between good
and evil with Cheng/Ferrara Productions' "Jekyll &
Hyde - The Musical" from Sept. 18-27. Maurer Productions OnStage
presents the moving comedy-drama, "Hollywood Arms," written
by comic legend Carol Burnett and her daughter Carrie Hamilton, from Oct.
2-11. The Yardley Players are up next with William Inge's classic
comedy, "Bus Stop," Oct. 16-25, followed by PinnWorth
Productions' shattering portrait of an intrepid psychiatrist and a
disturbed teen in "Equus" Oct. 30-Nov. 8.
The mood takes a lighter turn during the holiday season. Pierrot Productions
presents "The Producers - The Mel Brooks Musical" Nov.
13-22, followed by The Pennington Players feel-good classic, "A
Christmas Story," Nov. 2-Dec. 6.
The new year begins outside the box with inspirational song and dance
in "Children's Letters to God," presented by Maurer Productions
OnStage Jan. 8-17. The dazzling "Nelson Illusions" premieres
at Kelsey Jan. 22-24, blending magic, mystery, comedy, and audience participation,
while the talented rock 'n roll trio, Squeaky Clean, performs well-loved
songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s in a concert for all ages on Feb. 7.
More delights are in store with Pierrot Productions' "Pygmalion"
Feb. 12-21, followed by the towering classic, "Fiddler on the
Roof," to be presented by Playful Theater Productions
Feb. 26-Mar. 7. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" will be
told in a heart-warming family musical by Maurer Productions OnStage
Mar. 12-21, while MCCC's very own Theatre, Dance and Entertainment Technology
students present a groundbreaking American musical Apr. 9-18 that recently
closed on Broadway. (The show's title will be announced January 20).
Family fare is up next with The Yardley Players' "Disney's
Beauty and the Beast" Apr. 23-May 2 and "My Fair Lady,"
presented by Pierrot Productions May 7-16. Mercer students once
again take center stage May 22-23 when the Mercer Dance Ensemble presents
"MDE - Legacy," featuring talented students, alumni and
special guests in a lyrical 30th anniversary modern dance recital with
director Janell Byrne.
The season's full length musicals end on a memorable note when the Pennington
Players present "Ragtime" June 4-13. "Sordid
Lives," an adult cult comedy by Del Shores, completes the season
June 25-27; this annual fundraising benefit for the Open Arms Foundation
and James Tolin Memorial Fund includes a Sunday performance at the regular
There is much in store for the younger set. The Kelsey Kids Series
gets off to a flying start with Kaleidoscope Theatre's musical
adaptation of "Aladdin" Sept. 26, followed by Theatre
IV's performance of the Grimm's fairy tale, "Snow White,"
Oct. 3. "The Three Pigs," presented by Kaleidoscope
Theatre, is up next on Oct. 17, while Theatreworks/Two Bean Productions
brings "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" to the Kelsey
stage Nov. 21.
The holiday season shines bright at Kelsey with two annual favorites:
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas," presented by the
Kelsey Players Dec. 11-13, and "The Nutcracker,"
performed by New Jersey Youth Ballet Dec. 18-20.
Youngsters can ring in the new year with the Nelsons as they present "Magic
with the Nelsons" on Jan. 23. Next up is "Bugsy Malone
Jr.", a tribute to the 1920s gangster flicks Jan. 29-31, presented
by a cast of youngsters who have honed their acting skills in MCCC's Tomato
American Family Theatre presents its delightful adaptation of Hans
Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" Feb. 20. The
spring season includes additional popular tales and book adaptations:
Theatre IV's "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," March 27;
ArtsPower's "Are You My Mother?" Apr. 10; Theatreworks/USA's
"Click, Clack, Moo" May 22; and Kaleidoscope Theatre's
"Mother Goose" June 5.
Ticket prices for full length musicals are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors,
and $10 for students and children. Prices for non-musicals are $14 for
adults, and $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. The cost
for children's shows is $8 for children and $10 for adults. Discounted
subscriber packages include premium seating, exchanges for performances
of the same show, special "add-a-show" rates, and advance sales
of single tickets. Group discounts are also available.
may be purchased online
and printed out at home by visiting the Kelsey website. Tickets may also
be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office with Visa, MasterCard or
American Express at (609) 570-3333; by mail with checks made payable to
MCCC/Kelsey Theatre, P.O. Box B, Trenton, NJ 08690; or by ordering in
person at the Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday,
9 a.m. to noon; Fridays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and one hour before show time
for in-person purchases only. Gift certificates are available in any amount.
To request a hard copy of Kelsey's 2009-10 season brochure, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Box Office. Provide your email address to receive your tickets
by computer, and to join the "Email Club."
Kelsey Theatre welcomes assistance from community volunteers. Jobs include
ushering, building scenery, sewing costumes, and running the light and
sound boards. Call (609) 570-3581 for more information.
The theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices
upon request. Funding for performances has been made possible in part
by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding
from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the
National Endowment of the Arts. The theatre gratefully accepts donations
to cover costs such as audio system equipment.
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