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"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" Will Warm Hearts
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Dec. 9-11


West Windsor, N.J. - Holiday merriment is in store as The Kelsey Players bring Clement Clarke Moore's beloved poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," to life in an original heartwarming musical. Jolly Old St. Nick and other characters will bring tidings of joy to the stage of Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Originally penned as a Christmas present for his children, Clement Moore's poem has become a cherished classic. The musical features jolly old St. Nick himself, his eight tiny reindeer, some remarkably talented sugar plums, and the cutest mouse in New York City. The Moore family and their neighbors will create a magical winter wonderland set in 1822 New York for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

The show kicks off with the hilarious "North Pole's Got Talent," featuring the brightest stars of the Arctic, followed by "'Twas." Families are invited to stay after the show to meet Santa and his friends. Patrons can donate an unwrapped new toy to Kelsey's annual Toys4Tots Drive. A collection box is located in the theatre lobby.

The cast stars Rob Gougher of Newtown, Pa., as Clement Moore; Susan Hoffman of Robbinsville as Eliza Moore; Hannah Sobolevitch of Yardley, Pa. as Margaret Moore; Marissa Marciano of Plainsboro as Charity Moore; and John Costello of Hamilton Square as Mr. Kringle.

Santa with Sugar Plums, from left, Julia Vardakis, Brooke Morsell, Jana Graham and MaryRose Brendel.
The Moore Family: (back row) Robert Gougher and Susan Hoffman; front row, Hannah Sobolevitch, left, and Marissa Marciano.

The ensemble features MaryRose Brendel of Cranbury, Taylor Buffa of Plumsted, Tom Buffa of Plumsted, Goldie Brown of Hightstown, John Burke of Lawrenceville, William Burke of Lawrenceville, Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville, Margaret Keelan DeLucia of Robbinsville, Forest Filiano of Langhorne, Pa., Laurie Gougher of Newtown, Pa., Charlotte Gougher of Newtown, Pa., Samantha Gougher of Newtown, Pa., Jana Graham of Jackson, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Neha Komatreddy of Princeton Junction, Riley McGowen of Philadelphia, Pa., Olivia Michalak of Lawrenceville, Brooke Morsell of Robbinsville, Jeffrey Morton of Plainsboro, Ava Nusblatt of Yardley, Pa., Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Alexys Pulsinelli of Bordentown, Amanda Ramanan of Plainsboro, Lexi Schlaifer of Hightstown, Jaime Roanne Schwartz of Croydon, Pa., Samantha Smith of Pennington, Dakota Torres of Bordentown; and Julia Vardakis of Robbinsville.

The show is directed by long-time Kelsey Theatre performer Tom Bessellieu with musical direction by Pat Masterson and choreography by Nicole Farina-Machin.

Tickets are $10 for all ages. 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.

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

2011-12 Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and
Performing Arts Workshops


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