Friday, September 4, 2015

MUSICAL DELIVERS BIG-HEARTED MESSAGE @ MCCC’S KELSEY THEATRE

Heather Corson as Beth, Susan Blair as Marmee, Samantha Sharpe as Jo, Jessica Turk as Amy (seated).  Not pictured: Marnie Kanarek as MegLITTLE WOMEN—
THE MUSICAL

WHEN: Fridays, Sept. 11 and 18 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on Sept. 11.
WHERE:
Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students/children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Discounted subscription packages for the 2015-16 season are still on sale. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

Join the March sisters as they navigate their growing up years during turbulent times in America in Little Women – the Musical. Presented by Pierrot Productions, this family musical set during the Civil War opens the new season at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, the musical version of Little Women opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since toured the country. Audiences will fall for with the Marches: Meg, the romantic oldest daughter; Jo, the spirited and talented writer; Beth, sweet and caring; and Amy, irascible and feisty. Living in Concord, Massachusetts, with their beloved mother, Marmee, they struggle to find their own voices while coping with the anguish of a father who has gone off to war. Set to the beautiful music of Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein, the story of the Marches mirrors the story of a young America—and it all adds up to an inspired musical adventure.

Starring as the March sisters are: Marnie Kanarek of Marlton as Meg; Samantha Sharpe of Basking Ridge as Jo; Heather Corson of Lawrenceville as Beth; and Jessica Turk of Manalapan as Amy. Also featured are Susan Blair of Philadelphia, Pa., as Marmee; Gabrielle Affleck of Philadelphia, Pa., as Aunt March; and Kyla Marie Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., as Mrs. Kirk. The men in their lives include Jeff Price of Monmouth Junction as Professor Bhaer; Jarrett Smith of Long Valley as John Brooke; Zachary Taylor of Haddon Heights as Laurie; and William Walters of Columbus as Mister Laurence.

The production team includes Producer Pete Labriola, Director Kat Ross Kline, Music Director Peter de Mets, Assistant Director Jaci D'Ulisse, Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Knight, Costumer Barbara Paolillo, Set Designer Bill Mercado, Master Builder Jim Petro, Lighting Designer Kitty Getlik, and Sound Designer Eric Collins.