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Spunky "Pippi Longstocking" to Delight Audiences
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Feb. 26


West Windsor, N.J. -- With trademark braids flying, "Pippi Longstocking" will light up the stage at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre in February. American Family Theater presents the tales of lovable Pippi in a musical adaptation on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

With her remarkable moniker Pippilotta Delicatessa Windsowshade Macrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking, this is one unique nine-year-old! Not only is she bold and sassy, she can shoot a revolver and sail the Seven Seas. The spunky red-haired girl is the creation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who, in 1945, created her as a get-well story for her then nine-year-old daughter, who was home sick from school.

Breaking all conventions of the time about how children, particularly girls, should behave, Lindgren concocted a fearless heroine, one with superhuman strength who could carry a horse and out lift the strongest man in the world. Living with her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, in a house she calls Villa Villekulla, Pippi and new friend Annika embark on adventures full of meaning for audiences of all ages.

Fearless heroine Pippi Longstocking

The first three Pippi chapter books were published from 1945-1948; six additional books were added to the series from 1969-1975; Lingren's final stories were printed in 1979 and 2000. They have been translated into more than 70 languages and adapted for both film and television. A new film adaptation is currently in the works.

Based in Philadelphia, American Family Theater is one of the nation's premier producers of musicals for families and young audiences, performing in over 300 venues each year. AFT captures the spirit of timeless classics and the magic of live theater in its full-scale, award-winning productions.

Tickets are $8 for children, students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

2010-11 Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and
Performing Arts Workshops


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