Kelsey Theatre and Graffiti Productions to Offer Acting Classes for Teens; Ten-Week Session Begins Oct. 7


MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, in conjunction with Graffiti Productions, will offer acting workshops for teens grades 7 through 12 this fall. "Tomato Patch On-Screen and Off-Screen" is a ten-week session that will be held Saturday mornings from Oct. 7 to Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Classes are held on Mercer's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

This is the first program to be offered for teens by Kelsey Theatre during the school year and was conceived as a continuation of the college's popular Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts summer workshops. According to Tomato Patch coordinator Tracy Antozzeski, the college received numerous requests from middle and high school students who were so enthusiastic about their summer experience in Tomato Patch, they wanted to continue their performance work during the academic year.

Students will focus on acting skills for stage, television, commercials and film, as well as aspects of production. They will create both dramatic pieces and commercials. Their work will be filmed during their ten weeks of class and viewed at a premiere screening for family and friends on the last day of class. Each student will receive a DVD copy of the film.

Graffiti Productions, which developed and oversees the program, is committed to providing opportunities for young people to grow and express themselves through the performing arts. Instructors include Dan Spalluto, a professional actor who has appeared in numerous productions at Kelsey Theatre and has directed Tomato Patch's summer master class for high school students, and Jesse Swanson, a Tomato Patch staff member who is pursing his degree in Applied Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Graffiti Productions coordinators include Antozzeski, a theater production consultant, and Doug Edelson, a professional with many years of experience in theater and film as an actor and producer.

The cost for the fall session of Tomato Patch is $300. Class size is limited.
Early registration is suggested. With the addition of "Tomato Patch On-Screen and Off-Screen," Kelsey Theatre now offers performance classes for students from kindergarten through 12th grade during the school year. For more information or to register, call (609) 570-3566 or email

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre see:

2006-07 Kelsey Performance Schedule
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

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