MCCC Theatre Program Announces Spring
Schedule for Late Night Series and Other Events

2/3/09


Theater folks looking for a place to perform and connect need look no further than Mercer County Community College's Studio Theatre. With many events open to the public at minimal or no charge, this is entertainment for all to enjoy. According to MCCC Theatre Program Coordinator Jody Person, this fall the house was packed for almost every performance of MCCC's popular Late Night Series (LNS), held twice monthly on Friday nights. This free, two-hour anything-goes open mic event brings actors, singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, poets, videographers and more to the student-run space located next to Kelsey Theatre on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

This spring the LNS will be hosted by MCCC alumnus Damian Gaeta, one of the original members of the Late Night Series when it started in 2003. In addition to community performers who sign up prior to the 10 p.m. show, the lineup for Spring 2009 features special guests and events:

  • Feb. 6: "Sax by the Fire," Mercer's very own Jazz Trio & Company (http://www.myspace.com/mercerjazz);
  • Feb. 20: "Mardi Gras Madness," an open-mic performance, followed by a DJ dance party immediately after the show (Mardi-Gras attire required for free admission; admission without costume is $5);
  • March 6: "Bring on the Alt-Rock!" featuring Beyond Visible (http://www.myspace.com/beyondvisible);
  • March 20: "Psychedelic Jammin,'" featuring STEVE (http://www.myspace.com/stevetheband);
  • April 3: "Drrr-ama," featuring readings of original student plays;
  • May 1: "The Lady Sings the Bluegrass/Folk" featuring Emma Graves (http://www.myspace.com/folksongsingalong).
Learn more by emailing thelatenightseries@hotmail.com or visiting the Late Night Series website.

In addition to the Late Night Series, the MCCC Theatre program will host two special workshops that are free and open to the public:

  • March 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (one-hour lunch break): "Commedia dell'Arte Workshop" in the Studio Theatre. Hands-on workshop for beginners, who will learn about and perform eight famous characters. Email Jody P. Person to reserve a spot at: jodyteachestheatre@gmail.com. Space is limited. Free and open to the public.
  • March 27, 12:30 p.m.: In-person "Q&A with Vanessa Daou," Billboard's #1 dance artist.
    Communications Building, Room 122. Q&A topics will include artistic collaboration, interdisciplinary art, and the state of the music industry. For more about Vanessa Daou, click here. Free and open to the public.

Two major student productions will be presented at Kelsey Theatre this spring:

  • April 17-26: "Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner. Directed by Jody P. Person. The play won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for its epic portrayal of the impact of AIDS on mid-1980s New Yorkers.
  • May 16-17: "MDE-Reunion/Joe Sent MDE." Performed by the Mercer Dance Ensemble and choreographed by Janell Byrne, with additional choreography by Jody P. Person.

For more information and tickets to these two shows, visit the Kelsey Theatre website or call (609) 570-3333.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey Theatre on MCCC's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

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