West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College‘s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre is rolling out the classics for the 2014-15 season. Long-time theater lovers can revisit their favorite musicals and dramas, while younger audiences will have an opportunity to see the greats for the very first time. Twenty full-length dramas and musical productions come to the Kelsey stage, along with eight shows offered through the Kelsey Kids Series performed by traveling professional troupes and local companies. “Kiss Me, Kate” (Pinnworth Productions), based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, kicks off the season Sept. 12 to 21.
Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Orders are now being taken for discounted series packages; subscribers receive over 45 percent off regular ticket prices. Subscriptions are also available for the Kelsey Kids Series.
Current subscribers must renew by Aug. 10 to receive priority seating. New subscriber orders will be filled after Aug. 15. Tickets for all single shows go on sale Aug. 20.
In addition to “Kiss Me Kate,” the fall scheduled includes: Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” from Sept. 26-Oct. 5 (The Yardley Players); “The Secret Garden” from Oct. 10-19 (Pierrot Productions); “Count Dracula” from Oct. 24-Nov. 2 (Maurer Productions OnStage); “Jesus Christ Superstar” from Nov. 7-16 (Playful Theatre Productions); and “Miracle on 34th Street” from Nov. 21-30 (M & M Stage).
Family events in December will add to holiday merriment. Children and their grown-ups will enjoy “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from Dec. 5-7 (The Kelsey Players) and “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 19-21 (The New Jersey Youth Ballet). “El Sueno,” the Nutcracker-inspired Latin and Spanish dance spectacular, will be presented for two shows only on Saturday, Dec. 13 (Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre);
More classics are in store in the new year: “A Man for All Seasons” from Jan. 9-18 (PinnWorth Productions); “Into the Woods” from Jan. 23- Feb. 1 (The Pennington Players); “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” from Feb. 6 to 15 (Pierrot Productions); “Lend Me a Tenor” from Feb. 20-Mar. 1 (Maurer Productions OnStage); a concert tribute to “1971’s Concert for Bangladesh” on March 7 and 8 (Reock & Roll Revue); “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS” from Mar. 13-29 (Playful Theatre); “Mamma Mia! The Movie Sing-A-Long” on March 14 and 20 (Theater to Go); “Romeo and Juliet” from April 10-19 (MCCC Theatre and Entertainment Technology students); “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” from Apr. 24-May 3 (The Pennington Players); “The Music Man” from May 8-17 (The Yardley Players); “Modern Classics” May 23-24 (Mercer Dance Ensemble); “They’re Playing Our Song” fromMay 29-June 7 (Pierrot Productions); and “The Winter’s Tale” from June 12-21 (Shakespeare ’70).
Children’s shows include: “Disney’s Frozen Movie Sing-A-Long” on Sept. 20 (Theater To Go); “Pocahontas” on Oct. 11 (Kaleidoscope Theatre); “Charlotte’s Web” on Nov. 1 (Theatreworks/USA); “The Lightning Thief” on Jan. 17 (Theatreworks/USA); “Dog Loves Books” on April 25 (ArtsPower); and “Junie B. Jones” on May 30 (Theatreworks/USA).
Ticket prices for full-length musicals are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students/children; non-musicals are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students/children. Ticket prices for the Kelsey Kids Series are $10 for children and seniors, and $12 for adults.
Discounted subscriber packages include premium seating, exchanges for performances of the same show, special “add-a-show” rates, advance sales of single tickets, and as much as 45 percent off regular ticket prices. Group discounts are also available.
To purchase a subscriber series or for tickets to individual shows, call the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Tickets for all shows go on sale Aug. 20 and can be purchased online. Patrons may also purchase tickets by mail with checks payable to MCCC/Kelsey Theatre, P.O. Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690, or by ordering in person at the Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and one hour before show time. Gift certificates are available in any amount. To request a print copy of the 2014-2015 season brochure, email email@example.com or call the Box Office.
Kelsey Theatre has open auditions for many of its productions and welcomes assistance from community volunteers to usher and work behind the scenes. The theater gratefully accepts donations. Call 609-570-3581 or visit the website for more information.
The theater has free, lighted parking and is wheelchair accessible. Funding for performances is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
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