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New Dates Announced for MCCC Theatre Students' Fall Productions;
"Earnest" to be Presented Nov. 16-18


West Windsor, N.J. - Fine literature is the theme of the fall season for Theatre and Dance students at Mercer County Community College, as students present memorable performances over three weekends in November and December. Shows take place at the Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey Theatre on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Entertainment Technology students will provide lighting and sound for all productions.

Says Theatre/Dance Program Coordinator Jody Person, “The biggest and most highly regarded names in playwriting are brought together for our fall offerings. Each play is wildly different in style, emotion, and tone, giving students an opportunity to expand their range as they move from comedy to drama and back again, and then conclude their season with the musical 'Cabaret' next spring."

Dates for the comedy classic "The Importance of Being Earnest" has been moved back one week and will now be presented Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use the same pseudonym on the sly in order to escape burdensome social obligations. The scam works just splendidly until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities. The show is directed by Lou Stalsworth.

The cast includes Nicholas Andrejco, Dale Dewey, Melissa Geerloff, Parker Harris, Bridget Hughes, Elizabeth Koenig and Patrick Martin. Special thanks to Marina Vrahnos, a native of Britain who is serving as the students' vocal coach.

Next up is high drama as students present two moving performances in one power-packed show: "The Vagina Monologues," by Eve Ensler, and "Funny House of the Negro," by Adrianne Kennedy. Performances will be held Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Person predicts that "Monologues," directed by Entertainment Technology Program Coordinator Robert Terrano, will both provoke and move the audience, while "Funny House," directed by Jody Person, is a virtual punch in the gut. "The evening romises a roller coaster ride of emotions from anger and sadness to joy in under two hours," Person said.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. Free parking is available next to Kelsey Theatre. Tickets are available by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box office at 609-570-3333 or can be ordered online here.

Performances continue in December with the “MCCC Student Dance Concert,” presented free on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The concert features student choreography overseen by instructor Janell Bryne. Students will perform many dance styles including modern and ballet to jazz and hip-hop. This project has served as a capstone course for upper-level Associate in Fine Arts dance majors for the last five years. Audiences have been delighted by students’ selection of original themes and combination of dance moves.

Learn more about the Theatre program here and more about the Dance program here.

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The cast for "Earnest" includes, from left, Nicholas Andrejco, Melissa Geerloff, Elizabeth Koenig and Bridget Hughes.
Parker Harris, left, and Melissa Geerloff.
From left, Melissa Geerloff, Dale Dewey (butler) and Bridget Hughes.