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Photo Flash: First Look at MCCC Theatre's Student Adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Academic Theatre Company will present an original adaptation of Shakespeare's classic A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, April 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 2 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, April 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!

The play features all of Shakespeare's comic and fantastical fairy elements and characters, but adds jazz dance fused with classical Indian dance. Audiences can expect to experience the play as an electrifying Bollywood production fused with Shakespeare and jazz.

According to MCCC's Theatre/Dance Program Coordinator Jody Gazenbeek-Person, each academic year, the program strives to give students and their audiences a diverse range of performances. This year's focus is classical Indian drama and dance. Students are reading India's classical plays and scholarly works on Indian stagecraft and performing.

Gazenbeek-Person said this production of 'MIDSUMMER' brings that theory and history to life on stage. "Students are learning rewarding and challenging movements and acting techniques, while also learning the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural valuing."

With the help of a consultant, students are rigorously rehearsing a variety of hand gestures and other techniques that they will make breath-taking on stage. "But our students will know that the gestures they are performing date back over 2,000 years. They will have a powerful learning experience while audiences will leave the theater laughing, mesmerized by the dancing, and hopefully wanting to know more about India's rich performance traditions," Gazenbeek-Person said.

The cast features: Charles Acuna of Plainsboro as Puck; Amy Annucci of Ewing as Moth; Katherine Beauchamps of Ewing as Fairy/Philostrate; Krista Coleman of Hillsborough as Hippolyta/Fairy; Robert Gray of Ewing as Theseus; Kasiah Harrison of Lawrenceville as the Fairy/Attendant; Harley Herrell of East Windsor as Tom Snout/Wall; Kimberly King of Hamilton as Cobweb; Jessica Klatskin of East Windsor as Mustardseed; Kyle Kington of Florence as Demetrius; Madison Kotnarowski of Hamilton as Helena; Kourtney Laws of Trenton as Fairy/Votaress; Brian Tudor Leeds of Edgewater Park as Nick Bottom/Pyramus; Rachel Lemos of Lawrenceville as Titania; Shelley Gail Weiss Lightman of East Windsor as Attendant; Meaghan Lukacs of Hamilton as Hermia; Teewhy Nyema of Trenton as Peter Quince; Adam Porcher of Hopewell as Francis Flute/Thisby; Marius Price of Ewing as Lysander; Brianna Rapp of East Windsor as Peaseblossom; Christopher Ryan of Trenton as Oberon; Brian Sheppard of Lawrenceville as Starveling/Moon/Attendant; Calla Tisdale of West Windsor as Attendant; and Matt Tucci of Ewing as Egeus/Snug.

The production team includes Producer/Choreographer Jody Gazenbeek-Person, Producer Kitty Getlik, Director Lou Stalsworth, Costume/Set Designer Kate Pinner, Lighting Designer Bob Terrano, Master Carpenter Jim Petro, Sound Designer Frank McDuff, Props Mistress Madelyn Lichtman, Vocal Coach Rupert Hinton, Stage Manager Nicole Schulnick and Assistant Stage Manager Jon Cintron.

Tickets for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 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. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

Photo Credit: Robert A. Terrano Photography

Photo Flash: First Look at MCCC Theatre's Student Adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Seated from left, Meaghan Lukas as Hermia, Madison Kotnarowski as Helena, Rachel Lemos as Titania and Katherine Beauchamps as a Fairy.

Photo Flash: First Look at MCCC Theatre's Student Adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Theatre students Charles Acuna, left, as Puck and Christopher Ryan as Oberon.

Photo Flash: First Look at MCCC Theatre's Student Adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Robert Gray as Theseus and Krista Coleman as Hippolyta.


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