N.J. -- In
their second drama of the fall semester, Theatre students from Mercer
County Community College present a thoroughly modern version of
an Henrik Ibsen classic."Peer Gynt in Process: Henrik Ibsen's
Peer Gynt Remixed and Remade" will be performed Friday
and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
at the Studio Theatre on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. (The Studio Theatre is
located next to Kelsey Theatre.)
effort is set in a disco and features both actors and dancers who
will perform in varying styles. Theatre Program Coordinator Jody
Person describes Peer Gynt as Ibsen's most romantic play. "It's
a bittersweet Godiva chocolate with raspberry filling," Person
says. The plot centers on Peer Gynt's quest to find himself, a journey
that takes him around the world and even to a fantasy world populated
by trolls. Starting out in his youth, he comes home an old man,
questioning what good he has done in the world. In the end he is
redeemed by the love of the woman who has patiently waited for his
return. The play ends on an optimistic note, leaving the audience
to contemplate Peer Gynt at yet another crossroad.
that the show is highly entertaining, theatrical and imaginative,
with a script that has been pared down to 90 minutes from the usual
four hours. "Students have boiled it down to its essence,"
he said, noting that the story line is enhanced by video footage
filmed by MCCC Television students and lyrics of selected songs.
"There are three layers of meaning - the script, song lyrics,
and video images, which will serve as the scenery," Person
The cast includes:
Allie Abraham of Hamilton, Leah Alabre of Ewing Township, Richelle
Leigh Bodensiek of Skillman, Hanna Bruslan of South Brunswick, Charlene
D. Jamison of Ewing, Elisa Rose Jankoski of Princeton Junction,
Daniel Lownie of Hopewell, Patrick McKenna of West Windsor, Karen
P. Mejia of Trenton, Mark J. Naprawa of Trenton, Michael Quesada
of Hamilton, David M. Walter of Allentown, Scott Ivan Walters of
Lakewood, and Kyra Willans of West Windsor.
choreography is by Person in collaboration with Theatre students,
with additional choreography by Patricia Barthelemy and stage manager
Jael Atchison. The crew also includes costume designer Katie Horahan
and videographer Tyann Sells. The sets have been designed and built
by students studying stagecraft with faculty member Kate Pinner.
Entertainment Technology students have designed lighting and sound,
including Sean Varga as lighting programmer and board operator,
Max Nagy as lighting designer, Fredy Barrientos as sound designer
and DJ, and Joshua Bayne-Clarke as sound assistant.
$14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children.
Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.
more about the MCCC Theatre Program here.
Cast members, clockwise from left to right, Charlene D. Jamison,
Mark J. Naprawa, Kyra Willans, Leah Alabre, David M. Walter, and
Richelle Leigh Bodensiek (center).