African Folktale, "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters,"
Comes to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Oct. 25


When a great African king seeks a wife, word goes out to all the most desirable maidens in the land. Enter the enchanted world of "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," to be presented by the Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

An African variation on the classic Cinderella fairytale, "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" is told with colorful staging and traditional African songs and chants. The audience will meet the dignified and caring villager, Mufaro, who has been blessed with two daughters who are both beautiful -- but whose temperaments are very different temperaments. One sister, Manyara, is always angry, while the other, Nyasha, is kind and gentle. When Mufaro leaves for the hunt and the sisters are alone, a messenger comes to the village to invite all the most worthy and beautiful girls in the land to appear before The Great King so that he might choose his Queen. Mufaro is pleased to learn that both his daughters are being considered and agrees to accompany them at sunrise. Before they can all set out, however, Manyara decides to get a head start on her sister. The sisters' journey reveals much about their characters, with goodness, generosity and love ultimately ruling the day.

With origins in Zimbabwean folklore, the show is based on the Caldecott Medal-winning book by Joe Steptoe and adapted for the stage by playwright Karen Abbott.
Founded in 1984, Dallas Children's Theater was rated by Time Magazine as one of the top five youth theaters in the nation. Serving more than 250,000 young people and their families through its 11 stage productions, national touring company, and education and outreach programs, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art and the performing arts in tomorrow's performing artists and patrons.

Tickets are $8 for children and seniors, and $10 for adults. 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 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

To request a brochure by mail, email your request here. For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

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