and Rhymes of "Ragtime" Come to
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre June 4-13
N.J. -- It's the turn of the 20th century. The world is changing
and anything is possible. "Ragtime," set in the
volatile melting pot of New York City, weaves together three distinctly
American stories -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined
Jewish immigrant, and a daring African-American musician.
The Pennington Players presents this haunting and powerful musical
on Fridays and Saturdays, June 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; and
Sundays, June 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at Mercer County Community College's
Kelsey Theatre. 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 June 4.
Based on the
1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow and the Tony Award-winning book for
the musical by Terrence McNally, "Ragtime" provides a
tapestry of Americana, fusing historical figures such as J. P. Morgan,
Henry Ford, Emma Goldman and Harry Houdini with the interconnected,
fictional tales of three very different families. Mother is the
matriarch of a wealthy Protestant family in New Rochelle, NY; Tateh
is a Latvian Jewish immigrant; and Coalhouse Walker, Jr. is a young
musician from Harlem. Brought together by circumstance, these characters
find themselves united by courage,
compassion and a belief in the promise of the future.
Opening on Broadway
in 1998, "Ragtime" ran for two years and recently enjoyed
a critically acclaimed Broadway revival. The Tony Award-winning
musical score, by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, skillfully mixes
the genres of ragtime, marches, gospel, and more, captured in such
exuberant numbers as the title song, "Ragtime," the vaudeville
number "Crime of the Century," the powerful "Wheels
of a Dream," and the touching "Sarah Brown Eyes."
Featuring a vibrant cast of 37, the show stars Vicky Czarnik as
Mother, Brian Meltzer as Tateh, and Kyrus as Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Also starring are Michael Schiumo as Father, William Kamps as Younger
Brother, Matthew Blazejewski as Little Boy, Salena Qureshi as Tateh's
Little Girl and Cathryn Hardy as Sarah.
Baskin, left, as Booker T. Washington and
Kyrus as Coalhouse Walker.
Alyse Tomcho as Evelyn Nesbitt
Qureshi and Matt Blazejewski with Vicky Czarnik
as Mother in background.
left, William Kamps as Younger Brother, Wayne Irons
as Grandfather, and Michael Schiumo as Father.
featured cast members include Wayne Irons as Grandfather, Michaela Alyse
Tomcho as Evelyn Nesbitt, Shawn Doremus as Harry Houdini, Laurie Gougher
as Emma Goldman, Lynn Baskin as Booker T. Washington, Alan Naidoff as
J.P. Morgan, Christopher Kamps as Henry Ford, and Tom Bessellieu as Willie
Conklin. Members of the ensemble play various roles throughout the production
including Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, firemen, policemen, factory workers,
immigrants, vaudeville dancers, and more.
production is directed by Frank Ferrara, with musical direction by Shannon
Ferrara and choreography by Nicole Farina-Machin.
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
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For a complete listing of adult
and children's events, visit the Kelsey website.
more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:
Visual and Performing Arts Workshops
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