New Spin on "Rumplestiltskin"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Jan. 23-25


One of the Brothers Grimm's famous fairy tales takes on a new spin in the whimsical musical "Rumplestiltskin Is My Name," to be performed by the Yardley Players at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this children's classic are: Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The Yardley Players' adaptation, written by Vera Morris, Arne Christiansen and Ole Kitteson, leads audience members to a kingdom in utter disarray, one in which the townspeople live in fear of a witch who lives in the woods. Tension builds as the Queen tries to save her subjects and herself from bankruptcy. When a young girl named Laura claims to spin gold from straw, news quickly travels throughout the kingdom. As Laura struggles to fulfill her promises and win the affection of Prince Tom, Rumplestiltskin enters the picture with a secret plan of his own. The show features many comical characters, heartwarming songs and a meaningful fairytale conclusion.

Starring in "Rumplestiltskin" are: Matthew Blazejewski as Rumplestiltskin, Rob Gougher as the Huntsman, Grace Klinges as Laura, Paul McGlew as Prince Tom, Claire Norden as Charlotte, Amy Slothower as Lady Matilda, Dan Slothower as Prime Minister, Danielle Standifer as Katherine, Marge Swider as the Queen, Jason Wilks as the Jester, and MaryAnn Wylie as Griselda. Other featured actors are Collin Cenci as Marcus, Abby Coggins as Ruth, Mike DiIorio as Customer, Elizabeth Felkner as Rebecca, Dana Klinges as the Widow, Jen McCormick as Eliza, Tracy McCormick as Apple Seller, Julia Mitchell as Bunny/Flower Girl, and Sidney Walters as Bunny/Flower Girl. Ensemble members include Stephen Blazejewski, Samantha Gougher, Fiona Meagher, Kavya Pochiraju, Caroline Purdy, Robin Slothower, Shannon Smith and Simon Hamilton.

Tickets are $8 for children, students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. 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 and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

To request a brochure by mail, email your request here. For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

2008-09 Season
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

Matthew Blazejewski as Rumplestiltskin and
Mary Ann Wylie as Griselda.
Royal family, from left, Paul McGlew as the Prince,
Amy Slothower as Lady Matilda, Dan Slothower
as Prime Minister, Marge Swider as Queen,
and Jason Wilks as the Jester.
From left, Claire Norden as Charlotte, Rob Gougher as the Huntsman and Danielle Standifer as Katherine.
Wedding bells for Paul McGlew as Prince Tom and Grace Klinges as Laura.


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