Cuddly Bear Puppet Is Star of "Winnie the Pooh"
At Kelsey Theatre June 1-3


A tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff is coming to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Maurer Productions OnStage presents "Winnie the Pooh" Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 at 2 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

In this enchanting musical adaptation based on the timeless tales of A.A. Milne, Maurer Productions takes a uniquely creative approach to the story of Pooh and friends. With the exception of Christopher Robin, 15 characters who reside in the Hundred Acre Wood - Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl Kanga, Roo and more - are hand-crafted, stage-size puppets that were custom-built for this show.

According to "Pooh" director John Maurer, who designed and built the puppets, they are similar in style to muppets and took several months to construct. "We are doing the show as Bunraku Puppet Theatre in the Japanese tradition," Maurer said. "The puppeteers are not hidden behind walls or under the floor. They are on stage with their puppet. This creates a hybrid performance that blends the actors' expressions with their puppet characters."

Starring in "Winnie the Pooh" are: Thomas Martella as Christopher Robin and Toni Campbell as Pooh. Appearing as Pooh's colorful companions in the Hundred Acre Wood are: Jake Bazel as Roo, Matthew Daley as Owl, Jesse Dubin as Eeyore, Jean Prall Rosolino as Rabbit, and Nicole Spadafino as Piglet. Kanga is a two-person puppet played by Katie Correll and Rosie Karlin. Ray Murphy is the narrator. Also featured are Samantha Chapman as Tess the Mouse; Tara Dorgan as Mindy the Bunny; Caroline Maurer as Chip the Chipmunk; Hunter Maurer as Brandon the Turtle; Stacy Maurer Tulip the Skunk; and Reed Schmidt as Cindy the Bunny. The production team includes director/producer John Maurer, musical director Buzz Herman, choreographer Jane Coult and stage manager Alycia Bauch-Cantor.

Toni Campbell stars as Pooh in this
hybrid human/puppet version of the A.A. Milne classic.
Piglet (Nicole Spadafino) gets a bath! Rosie Karlin
as Kanga is assisted by Katie Correll.

Jean Prall Rosolino (left) as Rabbit and
Toni Campbell as Winnie the Pooh.

Tickets are $8 for children and seniors, and $10 for adults. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey see:

2007 Summer Theatre Festival
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops
Kelsey Kids Playshops

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