Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SHIP TO ROMANCE & MISCHIEF SETS SAIL THIS WEEKEND @ MCCC’S KELSEY THEATRE

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ANYTHING GOES

WHEN: Fridays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 31 and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 29.
WHERE:
Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for students and 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. 
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

Hop on board the S.S. American and get ready for music and romance on the high seas as M&M Stage Productions presents “Anything Goes.” (Top: Surrounded by angels: Jennifer Fischer, center, as Reno Sweeney, with, clockwise from left, Ashley DeAntonio, Tara Wagner, Amanda Peterson, Alison Coombs, Lauren Donahue and Sarah Webster.)

AnythingGoes_ErmaSailors“Anything Goes” is a classic boy-meets-girl story – with lots of hilarious complications thrown into the mix before all the romances get sorted out and disaster is averted!  The show stars nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, who is traveling by luxury liner from New York to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this on-board love triangle are Public Enemy Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. And it's all set to a magical musical score by the legendary Cole Porter. [Above: Sailors and the showgirl! Featured, from left, are Jon Logan, Michael Chell, Michael Marrero, Erin Wurtz (as Erma Latour), Nick Kianka, Connor McDowell and Matt Keelan.]

The cast stars Evan Bilinski of Hamilton as Billy Crocker; Clare Harkins of Lawrenceville as Hope Harcourt; Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton as Reno Sweeney; Kurt Penney of Pennington as Moonface Martin; Reise Bridgers of Hamilton as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., as Elisha Whitney; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Evangeline Harcourt; Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Erma; William Walters of Columbus as Ship’s Captain; Dan Mucha of Hamilton as Ship’s Purser; Michael Marrero of Hamilton as Luke; Michael Chell of Hamilton as John; and Kevin Hallam of Hamilton as Rev. Henry Dobson.

The ship’s “angels” include Alison Coombs of Lambertville, Ashley DeAntonio of Hamilton, Lauren Donahoe of Bensalem, Amanda Peterson of Lawrenceville, Tara Wagner of Hamilton, and Sarah Webster of Edison.

The ship’s crew features Michael Chell of Hamilton, Matt Keelan of Hamilton, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Michael Marrero of Hamilton, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., and Ray Weems-Pickens of Trenton. (Kianka, Marrero, Weems-Pickens and Keelan are all featured in the quartet.)

The production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, Director Mike DiIorio, Assistant Director Carolyn Anzuini, Musical Director Pam Sharples, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Angela Fasanella, Lighting Designer Chris Ghaffoor, and Sound Designers Eric Collins and Frank MacDuff.

Photos by Rob Gougher Photography