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“Carrie, the Musical” Promises Creepy Halloween Fun at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Oct. 18-27


West Windsor, N.J. –From the annals of American horror comes “Carrie, the Musical,” to be presented by Pierrot Production at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre this Halloween season.  Eight performances will be presented, including two midnight shows.

Performances are Fridays, Oct. 18 and 25 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. and midnight; and Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Oct. 18.

“It’s a name you will remember forever and a night you will never forget,” promises the show’s director, Kat Ross-Kline.  “This is a newly re-imagined version of the Broadway original, based on the best-selling novel by the king of horror, Stephen King.”

With a home life dominated by a reclusive and over-protective mother, Carrie is also a misfit at school, where she is relentlessly bullied.   But she’s discovered special powers that will allow her to enact a unique and unforgettable revenge on her persecutors – should she choose to use them.  First performed on Broadway in 1988, the Pierrot Productions’ version is a revival of the show that was staged Off-Broadway in 2012 with new music by the show’s original composers, Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, and writer Lawrence D. Cohen.  The show is not recommended for those under age 17.

“Carrie” features two actors, Lindsey Krier and Jenna Scannelli, who will alternate in the lead role. According to Ross-Kline, that decision was made because of the vocal demands of the part. “The demands in this highly emotional role are extreme, not just the amount of singing, but the fact that the majority of the singing is high belt,” Ross-Kline explained.  “We want to give each girl a chance to perform at her best. They work well together and the cast has been so respectful and supportive of both of them.  It has been a neat process to watch as they discover their own version of the character.  This is my first attempt as a director to cast in this way.”

Jenna Scannelli, pictured above, shares
the role of Carrie with Lindsey Krier.

Carrie, played by Lindsey Krier, is pictured seated in chair. Also pictured are, standing from left, Kristen Kane, Haley Ackerman, Tiffany Dydack, Alec Kass, Caitlin Sprang and Dan Johnson; seated from left, Donte Wilder, Katie Wicka, and Frankie Confalone.

Other cast members include: Haley Ackerman of Moorestown as Norma; Frankie Confalone of Bordentown as Freddy; Amanda Dranchak of Cinnaminson  as Margaret White; Tiffany Dydak of Levittown, Pa., as Chris Hargensen; Arielle Egan of Princeton as Helen; Emily Huddell of Moorestown as Miss Gardner; Dan Johnson of Ewing as Tommy Ross; Kristen Kane of Plainsboro as Rhoda; Alec Kass of Simsbury, CT, as Billy Nolan; Brian Kelly of Doylestown, Pa., as Mr. Stephens; Caitlin Sprang of Upper Sandusky, OH, as Sue Snell; Matt Staley of Hamilton as Stokes; Katie Wicka of West Chester, Pa., as Frieda; and Donte Wilder of Ewing as George.

In addition to Ross-Kline, the production crew includes producer Pete LaBriola, musical director Erica Silver, assistant director/stage manager Jaci D’Ulisse, costumer Frankie Confalone, technical supervisor Jim Petro, and production assistant Hannah Knight.      

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children.  Tickets are available online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure. For a print copy of the new 2013-14 season brochure, call the Box Office. For the complete events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre, visit:

2013-14 Kelsey Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Informations
Workshops for Children and Teens

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