It’s a theater season filled with heroic characters and all the fans who cheer them on, with Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre and a blockbuster schedule for 2019-20.
“Over the years, we have drawn patrons from a wider and wider area. Once they discover the magic that happens on our stage, they often become Kelsey Theatre regulars,” said M. Kitty Getlik, the theater’s artistic director.
The season begins with “The Sound of Music,” presented by Pierrot Productions September 12 to 22. The mood shifts to hilarity with “Leading Ladies,” presented by Maurer Productions OnStage September 27 to October 6, and more laughs are in store with Tartuffe, presented by PinnWorth Productions October 11 to 20.
“Catch Me If You Can,” starring the faux pilot, doctor, and lawyer Frank Abagnale, October 25 to November 3. From November 8 to 17, the Yardley Players retell an age-old biblical story, “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and just in time for the holidays, M & M Stage Productions presents “Scrooge,” a musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” November 22 to December 1.
“Calendar Girls” starts off the new year with a sizzle, presented by the Pennington Players January 3 to 12. A courtroom stir is about to ensue in Forte Dramatic Productions’ “12 Angry Men” January 17 to 26, and Theater-To-Go is ready to recreate the unbridled night life of Berlin in the 1930s in the renowned musical “Cabaret” from January 31 to February 9.
Next up is “Last Of The Red Hot Lovers,” presented by the Yardley Players February 14 to 23, with a full-throttle musical event taking center stage March 6 to 8 when the Reock & Roll Revue returns to Kelsey Theatre with a Grateful Dead Tribute Concert.
The musical theme continues with “33 Variations,” presented by Pierrot Productions March 13 to 22, with the epic musical “Parade,” presented by Playful Theatre Productions, taking the stage March 27 to April 5.
Life’s myriad possibilities is the theme of the musical “If/Then,” presented by MCCC’s Academic Theater and Dance Program April 17 to 26, followed by “13, The Musical,” presented by M&M Stage Productions May 1 to 10. The Mercer Dance Ensemble takes to the stage May 16 and 17.
Shakespeare ’70 presents “Two Gentlemen of Verona” May 22 to 31. Maurer Productions OnStage presents the musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” June 5 to 14, with three blockbusters closing out the season: “Evita,” the musical biography of Eva Perone, presented by PinnWorth Productions June 19 to 28; the Yardley Players’ “Oliver,” a Dickens-inspired musical, July 10 to 19; and the season closes with M&M Stage Productions’ “Mamma Mia!” July 24 to August 2.
Kelsey Theatre’s Kids Series kicks into gear with an interactive movie event, “Annie — The Movie Singalong,” on October 19; and “Thumbelina” on November 2.
Celebrate the holidays with two Kelsey Theatre traditions: “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” presented by the Kelsey Players December 6 to 8, and “The Nutcracker,” presented by Dance Connection December 13 to 15.
“Rosie Revere, Engineer,” based on the children’s book series, kicks off the new year, January 25, and MCCC’s Tomato Patch Workshop troupe presents “DISNEY’s Frozen Jr.” February 29 and March 1. Then it’s time for “Chicken Dance,” a delightful barnyard musical, March 21, and on May 2, the musical adventure “Treasure Island” comes to Kelsey. The Kelsey Kids schedule wraps up with “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” on May 30.
For subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season, tickets for individual shows, or for more information, visit www.KelseyatMCCC.org or call the Box Office at 609-570-3333.