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Forgiveness Resonates in "The Tempest"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre April 29-May 8


West Windsor, 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 April 29.

One of 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.

Explaining 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."

Starring 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.

Tickets 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.

For a complete listing of the events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre visit:

2010-11 Theatre Schedule
Kelsey Website
Audition Information
Tomato Patch Visual and
Performing Arts Workshops

MCCC Theatre students featured in "The Tempest."
Behold Stephanie Moon (on shoulders) as Juno, with cast members, from left, Aminata Keitta, David Walter, Jakub Sowirko,
and Taylor Pickett-Stokes.
Ceres (Stephanie Ortiz) is kept aloft by fellow actors.
Featured at center is Jessica Stanley as Ariel.


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