to the '60s as MCCC Theatre Program Presents "Hairspray"
at Kelsey Theatre April 13-22
Windsor, N.J. - Buckle your seat belts for a ride back to
1960s Baltimore when hairdos were high and the music was boppin'.
Join Mercer County Community College Theatre students, community
actors from the James Tolin Memorial Fund (JTMF), and several
other community actors for the unforgettable musical "Hairspray"
at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and times for this colorful
comedy are Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 14
and 21 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Kelsey
Theatre is located on Mercer's
West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception
with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance
on April 13.
Turnblad is the lovable, plus-size heroine with a passion
for dancing. When she gets the chance to audition for a spot
on a local TV dance program with teenage heart throb Link
Larkin, she thinks her dream has come true. But Amber Von
Tussle, the program's reigning princess, has other plans.
Can the endearing, good-natured Tracy win a spot on the show
and the heart of her crush, while also breaking down the barriers
between the races? Find out in this hair-raising performance
filled with music and dance numbers the entire family can
to MCCC Theatre/Dance Program Coordinator Jody Person, Theatre
students will be working with JTMF for the first time. "It's
a great experience for our students to work with experienced
community actors." He adds that this is a large cast
so there will be opportunities for many actors to show off
their talents, and the cast, with its varying ages, will provide
a better reflection of the real show, with adults playing
the adult roles and students playing the roles of the young
eager to collaborate with MCCC students on the project, Person
said. "They are a small, but committed group that performs
every year at Kelsey Theatre as a fundraiser in memory of
MCCC alumnus James Tolin, who died of AIDS. The group awards
two scholarships to MCCC Theatre students each year. Now they
are taking that relationship further by working with our students.
It's a big musical that reflects JTMF's mission of appreciating
and respecting diversity."
on! Pictured, front row from left, are Kristen Kane as Tracy
Turnblad and Tommy Thomas as Seaweed J. Stubbs. Back row from
left are ensemble members Nilah Montgomery, Adiin Clemons,
Domonique Jarrett and Maleek Colvin.
from left, are: Sabella Lichtman, Dan Johnson, Julia Procaccino,
Meredith Bleemer, Shannon Brueckner, Nicole
Erkoboni, Vicky Wyman, Parker Harris (partial), Ben
Menahem, Megan Sherow, and Kristen Kane starring as Tracy
cast members include: Kristan Kane of Plainsboro as Tracy
Turnblad; Ethan Daniel Levy of Plainsboro as Corny Collins;
Brian Bara of Levittown, Pa., as Edna; Megan Sherow of Millstone
as Penny Pingleton; Vicky Wyman of Monroe Township as Velma
Von Tussle; Shannon Brueckner of Jackson as Amber Von Tussle;
Ben Menahem of Plainsboro as Link Larkin; and Tommy Thomas
of Georgetown, England, as Seaweed Stubbs.
cast members include: Domonique Jarrett of East Windsor as
Little Inez; Taylor Pickett Stokes of Trenton as Motormouth
Maybelle; Tom Orr of Ewing as Wilbur Turnblad; Melissa Kettner
of Bordentown as Prudy Pingleton; Jon Cintron of Trenton as
Harriman F. Spritzer; Adiin Clemons of Trenton as Stooie;
Nilah Montgomery of Princeton as Cindy Watkins; Theodoria
Rovira of Hamilton as Lorraine; and Maleek Colvin of Trenton
cast members are: Kim Guillaume of Hamilton, Nicole Erkoboni
of Lawrenceville, Chris DiTullio of Lawrenceville, Alexandra
Baldwin of Lawrenceville, Parker Harris of Lawrenceville,
Dan Johnson of Ewing, Sabella Lichtman of Monroe Township,
Julia Procaccino of Yardley, Pa., Meredith Bleemer of Oreland,
Pa., Amariss White of Trenton, Rachel Garretson of Cranbury,
Jeni Starinksy of East Brunswick, and Stephanie Ortiz of Lawrenceville.
The show is directed by Jeremy Robinson, an MCCC adjunct professor
who teaches musical theatre, with choreography by Person and
stage management by Kelsey's own Tracy Antozzeski. Mercer's
Entertainment Technology students will provide lighting and
sound under the direction of Program Coordinator Robert Terrano.
For the first time, these students will do video projection
work to set the scene of historic Baltimore.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students
and children. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Kelsey
Theatre box office at 609-570-3333, or online.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking
next to the theater.
a complete listing of adult and children's events for the
remainder of the 2011-12 season, visit the Kelsey
website or call the box office for a brochure.
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