N.J.- Blending a bit of hip hop with operatic undertones,
a fresh take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
is coming to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre.
Classic themes will take on new dimensions in this production
presented by MCCC Theatre students Fridays, April 29 and May
6 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, April 30 and May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
and Sundays, May 1 and 8 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
Shakespeare's final plays, "The Tempest" weaves
together complex themes. According to Assistant Professor
Jody Person, coordinator for the MCCC Theatre Program and
the play's director, this production focuses primarily on
the theme of forgiveness and uses a pool of water as a primary
set piece at center stage. The pool is used creatively throughout
the play, but its main purpose is to provide a way for characters
to reflect on themselves.
the symbolism of the pool, Person observes, "In Shakespeare's
plays, ambition flows like water. Ambition in 'The Tempest'
is developed differently because Prospero acknowledges his
own culpability in his brother's betrayal. As he wrestles
with his feelings, Prospero's true nature is reflected in
the water like a mirror."
in "The Tempest" are Nick Andrejco of Hamilton as
Prospero; Apurva Bhalerao of Princeton as Miranda; Jessica
Stanley of Lawrenceville as Ariel; De Haven Rogers of Hamilton
as Caliban; Parker Harris of Lawrenceville as Ferdinand; Jackie
Nguyen of Lawrenceville as Alonso; Ned Ianacone of Princeton
Junction as Antonio; David Walter of Allentown as Sebastian;
Nicole Erkoboni of Lawrenceville as Gonzala; Taylor Pickett-Stokes
of Trenton as Trincula.
The cast also features Rob Henry of Hopewell as Stephano;
Melissa Kettner of Bordentown as Iris; Stephanie Ortiz of
Lawrenceville as Ceres; Stephanie Moon of Yardville as Juno
and Adrian; Jakub Sowirko of Hamilton as Boatswain; and Aminata
Keita of Trenton as Master.
The production crew includes Richelle Bodensiek as assistant
director, Theresa Zicolello as stage manager, and Abigail
Lynn as assistant stage manager. MCCC Entertainment Technology
students will assist with lighting and sound under the direction
of EnTech Program Coordinator Bob Terrano. Kelsey Theatre
staff member Kate Pinner is costume and set designer.
are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students
and children. 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 free parking is available
next to the theater.
a complete listing of the events schedule and more at Kelsey
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