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Fall in Love with "Oklahoma!" at
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre July 15-24


6/13/11


West Windsor, N.J. -- Oh, what a beautiful morning it will be at Mercer County Community College. The Yardley Players present Rodger's and Hammerstein's timeless musical "Oklahoma!" Fridays, July 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, July 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, July 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 15.

An immediate sensation when it opened on Broadway in 1943, "Oklahoma" is set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906 as statehood approaches. It blends tales of love with simmering tensions between farmers and cowmen in a rugged, still-developing landscape. The charming romance between cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey produces some of the show's most memorable musical numbers, including "The Surrey With The Fringe on Top" and "People Will Say We're In Love," while the antics of cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie, provide delightful comic moments. Ultimately, though, the story is one of love for the land in a budding state that will turn these pioneering people into a true community.

Featuring a cast of 38, the show stars Joanna Latini, of Hamilton Square, as Laurey; Michael Niederer, of Pennington, as Curly; Del Howard, of Lawrenceville, as Will Parker; Kate McCabe, of Cookstown, as Ado Annie; Jack Petzko, of Cranbury, as Andrew Carnes; Mark Swift, of Hamilton, as Ali Hakim; Kathleen Kutalek, of Hightstown, as Aunt Eller; and Joe Zedeny, of East Windsor, as Jud Fry.

Other cast members are Tara Wagner, of Hamilton, as Gertie Cummings; Doug Eberhart, of Yardley, Pa., as Ike Skidmore; Benji Sills, of Plainsboro, as Slim; Walter Smyth, of Trevose, Pa., as Cord Elam; Laura Murey, of Hamilton Square, as Dream Laurey; Kyle Sheehan, of Hamilton, as Dream Curly; Matt South, of Levittown, Pa., as Fred/Soloist; Joseph Poliziano, of Robbinsville, as Joe; Christopher McHugh, of Morrisville, Pa., as Farmer; Andrew Millin, of Perrineville, as Mike; and Amy Zalot, of Levittown, Pa., as Kate.

Featured ensemble members and dancers are: Alexa Agourides of Hamilton, Holden Bihl of Robbinsville, Diana Cooper of Hamilton, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Katie Downey of New Brunswick, Justin Ghaffoor of Hamilton, Ethan Daniel Levy of Plainsboro, Abby Oliver of Hamilton, Sally Page of Princeton, Ashley Patrick of Langhorne, Pa., Lorraine Perri of Florence, Julia Procaccino of Yardley, Pa., Cynthia Reynolds of Bordentown, Mollie Rubenstein of West Windsor, Karlee Sangiovanni of Burlington, Ron Sangiovanni of Burlington, Sarah Williams of Robbinsville, Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., and Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa.

From left, Curly (Michael Niederer), Aunt Eller (Kathleen Kutalek) and Joanna Latini (Laurey Williams)
Will Parker (Del Howard) woos Ado Annie (Katie McCabe).
Curly McLain (Michael Niederer) with
troublemaker Jud Fry (Joe Zedeny)
 

The production is directed by Marge Swider, with musical direction by David Bohn and choreography by Laura Murey.

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.

Other shows in the Kelsey Summer Festival are: "13 The Musical," presented by the Pennington Players July 29-Aug. 7; and "Forever Plaid," a musical homage to guy groups of the 50's, Aug. 19-28. Special children's performances of "Camp Muckalucka" will be presented by Tom Stankus, known as the musical Pied Piper, on July 8 and 9.

F
or a complete listing of the events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre, visit:

Kelsey Theatre Summer Series
Kelsey Website
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and
Performing Arts Workshops




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