Bear Puppet Is Star of "Winnie the Pooh"
At Kelsey Theatre June 1-3
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
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
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.
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.
Campbell stars as Pooh in this
hybrid human/puppet version of the A.A. Milne classic.
(Nicole Spadafino) gets a bath! Rosie Karlin
as Kanga is assisted by Katie Correll.
Prall Rosolino (left) as Rabbit and
Toni Campbell as Winnie the Pooh.
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.
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