‘Hamlet’ Heads Into Final Weekend at The Kelsey Theatre

Hamlet with loyal Horatio (John Fischer).
Hamlet (Ray Fallon) and loyal friend Horatio (John Fischer).

The Kelsey Theatre is pleased to welcome back the Mercer County-based theater company Shakespeare ’70 for “Hamlet”, now heading into it’s final weekend of performances.

Now in its 47th year at Kelsey, the company presents Shakespeare’s epic tale about the Prince of Denmark, considered by many to be Shakespeare’s best play, on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

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Prince Hamlet is depressed.  Summoned home to Elsinore Castle from school in Germany, he arrives to find that his father, the king, has died and his mother, Gertrude, has married his Uncle Claudius.  Without delay, Claudius has installed himself on the Danish throne even though Hamlet is the rightful heir.  Hamlet becomes even more distraught when his father’s ghost appears and declares that he was murdered.  Hamlet is facing a poisonous political environment while grappling with his own personal demons and the answer to one of literature’s most enduring questions: “To be, or not to be…”

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The Player Queen (Amanda McCarther) and the Player King (Pat Rounds) rehearse a play they will perform at Court.

The show’s cast includes Ray Fallon of Collingswood as Hamlet; Janet Quartarone of Flemington as Gertrude; Steve Lobis of Washington Crossing, Pa., as Claudius; John Fischer of Hamilton as Horatio; George Hartpence of Lambertville as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father; Dale Simon of Flemington as Polonius; Jake Burbage of Jersey City as Laertes; Shannon McGovern of Scotch Plains as Ophelia; Michael Krahel of Hillsborough as Rosencrantz; Jim Bloss of Marlton as Guildenstern; Andrew Timmes of Lawrenceville as Osric; Robert-Alonzo Gray of Ewing as Marcellus/Fortinbras; Pat Rounds of Princeton as Player King; Amanda McCarther of Lawrenceville of Player Queen; Tom Curbishley of Lawrenceville as Player Prologue; Spencer Makow of Princeton as Francisco; Tim Kirk of Delran as Bernardo; and Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as the Gravedigger.

The ensemble features Tristan Curbishley of Lawrenceville, Vianna Fagel of Lambertville, Steven Munoz of Hopatcong, Brittany Rivera of Hamilton, and Jaclyn Wasneski of Hightstown.

The production team for “Hamlet” includes Director John F. Erath, Ph.D., Assistant Director Janet Quartarone, and Producer Curt Foxworth, with assistance from Kayla McLaughlin.  Lili Timmes and Gwyn Curbishley are the stage managers.

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Hamlet (Ray Fallon), right, and Laertes (Jake Burbage) rehearse the climactic swordfight as members of the ensemble look on.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children.  Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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