N.J.- The stage is set for the joyful visit by Jolly Old St.
Nick. The Kelsey Players present their beloved musical adaptation
of Clement Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Performances
take place Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11
at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 and
4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
The celebration of the season begins with caroling before
the show in the lobby. Patrons are invited to bring an unwrapped
new toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. A collection
box is located in the theatre lobby.
Once the curtain goes up, audience members will step into
Clement Moore's imagination as his vivid poem of Santa's Christmas
Eve visit comes to life for all. The entire family is invited
to meet Santa and the rest of the gang at the end of each
Delighting audiences will be cast members Steve Anzuini of
East Windsor as Clement Moore; Marissa Marciano of Plainsboro
as Charity Moore; Susan Hoffman of Robbinsville as Eliza Moore;
Hannah Sobolevitch of Yardley, Pa., as Margaret Moore; and
John Costello of Hamilton Square as Mr. Kringle.
The ensemble includes: Maryrose Brendel of Cranbury, Nicholas
Kianka of Hamilton Square, Olivia Michalak of Lawrenceville,
Kiernan Matts of Hamilton, Alexys Pulsinelli, Uvay Trivedi
of Columbus, Jana Graham of Jackson, Yakenya Moise of Ewing,
Margaret DeLucia of Robbinsville, Claire Norden of Newtown,
Pa., Isaiah Nitka of Columbus, William Burke of Lawrenceville,
Courtney Haines of Lawrenceville, Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville,
John Burke of Lawrenceville, Simon Hamilton of Princeton,
Dakota Torres of Bordentown, Madeline Wasson of Cranbury,
Alexa Lupinacci of Hamilton, Dottie Farina of Hamilton, Julia
Vardakis of Robbinsville, and Jenna Venturi of Plainsboro.
The production is directed by Tom Bessellieu, with musical
direction by Pat Masterson, and choreography by Nicole Farina
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors 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. For a complete listing of
adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website.
with Mr. Kringle are, clockwise from top left, Steven Anzuini
as Clement Moore, Susan Hoffman as wife Eliza, Marissa Marciano
as Charity, and Hannah Sobolevitch as Margaret.
Kringle with his eight trusty reindeer: (back row standing)
Alexa Lupinacci, Jana Graham, Courtney Haines and
Margaret DeLucia; (front row kneeling) Julia Vardakis,
Simon Hamilton, Alexys Pulsinelli and Claire Norden.