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‘Nutcracker’ Ballet and ‘Snow Day’ Brighten Holiday Season at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre
originally published: 12/12/2018
(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- Holiday fun is on the schedule at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre with two special events in December: Dance Connection's family version of “The Nutcracker” ballet December 14 to 16 and an interactive live radio show, “Snow Day,” presented by MPOnstage December 22.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The theater is collecting new, unwrapped toys during performances of "The Nutcracker" for donation to HomeFront in Lawrenceville. A collection box is located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby.
Even the youngest theater goers will embrace the wonder of “The Nutcracker,” a fully-narrated, one-hour performance set to the famous Tchaikovsky score. Join Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy as dolls and sweets come to life, mice and toy soldiers do battle, and snowflakes dance in a snow covered forest. The large cast is composed almost entirely of children and teens in a production that includes beautiful costumes and scenery full of warmth and wonder.
At the conclusion of the show, families are invited on stage to meet their favorite characters, who will be available to sign autographs. Performances take place Friday, December 14 at 7:00pm; Saturday, December 15 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm; and Sunday, December 16 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Dance Connection is based in Hillsborough under the direction of David Kieffer. Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors and children, and may be purchased online here.
Completing the holiday festivities at Kelsey Theatre is “Snow Day.” MPOnstage's interactive, wholly original live radio show tells a whimsical winter story Saturday, December 22 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
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What happens when school is closed because of the weather? Lots of fun in the snow and hot chocolate afterward, of course! Written by award-winning director Diana Gilman Maurer and author Lyndsey Rose Harper, “Snow Day” will give the audience an unforgettable experience of how a radio show is made and presented – including participation by audience volunteers as impromptu Foley artists and voice actors. Families will watch entertainment professionals create sound effects by using everyday objects, learn about unique holiday traditions, and unite with the community to celebrate this wonderfully diverse season.
“Snow Day” is a guaranteed good time for the whole family. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children, and may be purchased online here.
Tickets for both shows may also be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater. For more information or to request a printed copy of this year's brochure, call the Box Office. The Kelsey Theatre is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor, New Jersey.
Dreamcatcher Presents World Premiere of "Psychodrama"
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South Street Players Presents "Sylvia"
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of American Girl Live at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown have been postponed and rescheduled for President’s Day, Monday, February 18 at 2 pm and 5:30 pm. All tickets will be honored on that date. If you cannot attend the new date, please contact the box office at 973-539-8008.
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