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OnStage News & Notes - August 2012

MPOnStage NewsletterIn August, we are pleased to announce open auditions for MPO's A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody; count off the Kelsey Theatre's 27 Perry Award Nominations; announce the 2012 - 2013 Kelsey Theatre Season; promote fund raising for Roebling; and promote August and September Alumni Happenings

A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody
Call for Tickets: 609-570-3333

Fri. Nov. 2 & 9, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Nov. 3 & 10 at 8pm
Sun. Nov. 3 & 11 at 2pm

$18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students & children

Itís New Yearís Eve at the Perry mansion, and family matriarch Julia Perry has a problem. Her bumbling husband Matthew has made it his New Yearís resolution to murder her before the year is out. She vows to stay alive for her daughter Bunnyís upcoming wedding to the dashing Donald. So, let the games begin Ė as a hilarious year-long battle of wits ensues.


Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO), is taking audition appointments for its production of A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody. All roles are open. All actors are welcome. A Little Murder will audition August 18 from 10am to 5pm and August 19 from 12pm to 5pm on the West Windsor,NJ campus of Mercer County Community College. Actors may click here to book audition appointments online. Ahead of the auditions, the showís director, Diana Gilman Maurer, sat down to talk about what she is looking for.

Q: What advice do you have for people who arenít sure if they should audition for A Little Murder?

Diana: If you are within the right age range for the role you are after, then by all means,audition! Auditioning is difficult for actors because there is so much that is beyond their control. Itís not always just about having the best read, itís more than that. It also has to do with how well you fit the role compared to the next actor, how you fit with the rest of the cast, etc. Things you just canít control. With so many obstacles between you and a role, you donít want your own self-doubt, or false assumptions about what the director wants, to be the reason you werenít considered. Not everyone is right for every role but you wonít know until you try!

MurderQ: What are you looking for in the actors who audition?

Diana: Like most comedies, A Little Murder needs people who have a good sense of timing and physicality. I need to see that you are willing to put a lot of work into having fun. When I first saw the show, I knew I had to bring it to the Kelsey stage because it is such a funny show.

Q: What is the best advice you can give auditioners?

Diana: Be prepared! Look over the monologues that are provided in the audition packet. You donít need to memorize the monologue, but be familiar with it and let me see what you can do with it. I may ask you to read it in several different ways.

Q: Are any of the roles in your production of Murder pre-cast?

Diana: No, We don't believe in pre-casting. Having all the roles available means you get a wider talent pool trying out for the show. We are proud of the fact that we have helped to introduce some new talent to the Kelsey Theatre. It is a great feeling when you see someone new at auditions and they just blow you away. In our last three productions of Elton John & Tim Riceís Aida, Neil Simon's Laughther on the 23rd Floor and The Drowsy Chaperone, all of which were nominated for NJACT Perry Awards, roughly half the cast was made up of people weíd never worked with before and some of those have never performed at the Kelsey before.

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Kelsey Theatre Grabs 27 Perry Nominations

Last month, NJACT (New Jersey Association of Community Theatres) honored the Kelsey Theatre with 27 Perry Award Nominations in 21 categories for seven shows from the 2011-2012 season. Three additional nominations were given to MPO alums in central New Jersey.

Aida MPO's production of Elton John & Tim Riceís Aida garnered 12 nominations, including: OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL, M. Kitty Getlik; OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL, Dan Maurer, Matt Shoppas, Laurie Gougher; OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL, John M. Maurer, Diana Maurer, Tina Heines, Laurie Gougher, Kathy Slothower; OUTSTANDING PROPERTIES FOR A MUSICAL, Alicia Bauch; OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL, John M. Maurer, Jeff Cantor, Amy Besselieu; OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY, Jane Coult; OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION, Anthony DiDia; OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL, John M. Maurer, Diana Maurer, Dan Maurer - Producers, Dan Maurer- Director; OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Meera Mohan; OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Kimberly Suskind; OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Yakenya Moise; OUTSTANDING STAGE MANAGER, Alycia Bauch, Kelly Branin, Jeff Cantor.

Laughter MPO's production of Neil Simon's Laughther on the 23rd Floor received 7 noms, including: OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A PLAY, John M. Maurer & Cast; OUTSTANDING PROPERTIES FOR A PLAY, Alicia Bauch; OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY, John M. Maurer; OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY, John M. Maurer, Diana Maurer, Dan Maurer - Producers, John M. Maurer - Director; OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY, Joseph Perignat; OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY, John Pinto; OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY, E. Nicole Spadafino.


Laughter Pennington Players production of 13: The Musical recieved three nominations, including: OUTSTANDING YOUTH ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Meredith Brandt; OUTSTANDING YOUTH ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Natalia Maccaroni; OUTSTANDING STAGE MANAGER, Beverly Kuo-Hamilton.


Laughter MPO's production of The Drowsy Chaperone received noms for OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL, John M. Maurer, Kathy Slothower, Debbie Sills and for OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Judi Parrish.


Company Death of a Salesman Pierrot Productions received a nom for each of its 2012 shows, including: OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL for Jim Petro in Company; OUTSTANDING PROPERTIES FOR A PLAY for Amy Bessellieu in Death of a Salesman; OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL for Vicky Czarnik in Blood Brothers.

MPO Alumnus Faith Dowgin (A Few Good Men) received two nominations for work at other theatres: OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY for Frost/Nixon at Circle Players and for OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY for Extremeties with East Brunswick Community Players at Playhouse 22. In addition to his nom for Elton John & Tim Riceís Aida with MPO, Anthony DiDia is also nominated for OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION for Man of LaMancha with Shore Repertory Theatre Company.

The winners will be announced September 9th at this year's Perry Awards Ceremony and on

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Kelsey Theatre Announces 2012 - 2013 Season

West Windsor, N.J. – This year Kelsey Theatre celebrates its Ruby Pink 40th Anniversary with a salute to the ladies. Kelsey is tickled pink to bring you a season full of strong, masterful, determined, feisty women (and a few grouchy old men).  From the loving mother spider in Charlotte’s Web to Gypsy’s Mama Rose, from tiny Thumbelina to the adventurous Maria in The Sound of Music, and from a very smart talking dog in Martha Speaks to the forceful Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker each of these women will amaze and inspire. And smack dab in the middle of our season – Reock & Roll’s Music from Big Pink.  So pink it is!  As Elle Woods from Legally Blonde would say – “You can’t have too much pink!”.  And of course, according to Mama Rose from Gypsy “Everything’s Coming Up Roses!”  - pink ones of course.

Fri. Sept. 7 & 14, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Sept. 8 & 15 at 8pm
Sun. Sept 9 &16 at 2pm

The Pennington Players have “Magic to Do” as they present this Tony-Award-winning musical, the lively coming of age story of King Charlemagne’s oldest son, featuring music by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Godspell. Although supported by his wise and feisty grandmother, Berthe, Pippin falls under the malicious influence of the” Leading Player”.  He is pushed headlong through adventures of war, sex, politics and love trying to find his “Corner of the Sky”.   As he draws towards the perfect, theatrical end of his story, Pippin begins to discover what it truly means to be extraordinary in our world.

Fri. Sept 21 & 28, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Sept. 22 & 29 at 8pm
Sun. Sept. 23 &30 at 2pm
To all the dumb chumps and all the crazy broads, past, present, and future, who thirst for knowledge and search for truth. You’ll be tickled pink by Garson Kanin’s Award-winning comedy about politics and the power of female persuasion, The Yardley Players present the timeless and timely story of a not-so-honest businessman and a not-so-dumb blonde out to "capitalize" on everything Washington has to offer.
Fri. Oct 5 & 12, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Oct. 6 & 13 at 8pm
Sun. Oct. 7 & 14 at 2pm

With a thrilling contemporary score, this emotional powerhouse of a musical is about a mother in distress and a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Pierrot Productions presents this breathtaking Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award-winning musical that will grab you by the heart as a family struggles with madness and sorrow, rage and forgiveness.


Sat. Oct 6, 2012 at 2pm & 4pm
Martha was an ordinary dog until the day she ate a bowl full of alphabet soup. Something unusual happened: all those letters went up to Martha’s brain instead of down to her stomach. And she became literally outspoken!  Martha’s clever way with words saves the day in this doggone funny new Theatreworks/USA musical based on the delightful Martha Speaks series of books by Susan Meddaugh, and of course the TV series on PBS Kids.

Little-Shop-of-HorrorsLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS                
Fri. Oct 19 & 26, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Oct. 20 & 27 at 8pm
Sun. Oct. 21 & 28 at 2pm

Playful Theatre Productions presents the classic tale – boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy meets plant from outer space … say what??? 
This wildly inventive rock musical is based upon Roger Corman’s campy B-movie horror flick of the same name. Seymour, a hapless loser, makes a Faustian bargain with a mean, green, man-eating plant to provide fresh meat in exchange for money, fame and the love of his life, Audrey.


Fri. Nov 2 & 9, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Nov. 3 & 10 at 8pm
Sun, Nov. 4 & 11 at 2pm

It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion, and family matriarch Julia Perry has a problem. Her bumbling husband Matthew has made it his New Year’s resolution to murder her before the year is out. She vows to stay alive for her daughter Bunny’s upcoming wedding to the dashing Donald. So, let the games begin – as a hilarious year-long battle of wits ensues. But, while Julia dodges Matthew's feeble attempts, friends and staff start mysteriously dying all around them.  Will Donald and Bunny get married? Will Plotnick, the detective with the loose screw be able to solve the case?   And, did the butler do it?  Is this a Murder Most Foul … or Most Fouled Up?  Find out when Award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage presents this fun and funny show.

Sat. Nov. 3, 2012 at 2pm & 4pm
A king who snores, a dragon who roars, a prince whom love misses until a princess he kisses, when all is said and done a whole lot of family fun! It’s more than just magical… It’s a Kaleidoscope  Theater musical! Don't miss this wonderful celebration of music, fun, a brave young lady and heroic deeds!

MCCC Theatre & Dance Program & Entertainment Technology Students
Fri. & Sat. Nov. 9 & 10, 2012 at 8pm
Sun. Nov. 11 at 2pm

Sat. Nov 10, 2012 at 2pm & 4pm
Spirited Sara Crewe goes from riches to rags when her doting father disappears, leaving her in the clutches of the evil Miss Minchin. Now it’s up to Sara and her friend Becky to save themselves while keeping up hope that Captain Crewe will return to save their Christmas. The powers of love, friendship and belief in miracles are all on vivid display in ArtsPower’s hit musical.

Fri. Nov 16, 2012 at 7pm
Sat. Nov. 17 & 24 at 2pm & 4pm
Sun. Nov. 18 & 25 at 2pm & 4pm
In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history.  You won’t believe the mayhem, and the fun, when the Herdmans, led by the particularly fiesty oldest sister, collide with the Christmas story head on!    The Kelsey Players and Tomato Patch present this comedy where chaos erupts and the firemen arrive, and even the Reverend is ready to cancel Christmas, but in the process everyone learns the true reason for the season.

Fri. Nov 30, 2012 at 7pm
Sat. Dec. 1 at 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Sun. Dec 2 at 2pm & 4pm
The excitement and wonder of the long-awaited midnight visit by Santa Claus, made famous in Clement Moore’s beloved poem, is brought to life by The Kelsey Players in this enchanting musical.  The whole family will enjoy this annual Kelsey Theatre holiday tradition.

MCCC Theatre & Dance Program & Entertainment Technology Students
A Night of One Acts
Fri & Sat. Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2012 at 8pm
Sun. Dec. 2 at 2pm

Fri. Dec 14, 2012 at 7pm
Sat. Dec. 15 at 1pm & 4pm
Sun. Dec. 16 at 1pm & 4pm
The New Jersey Youth Ballet magically transports you to The Land of The Sweets in this hour-long, fully narrated version of the classic ballet – the perfect holiday treat for the whole family.

Fri. Dec 7, 2012 at 8pm
Sat. Dec. 8 at 2pm & 8pm
Alborada, New Jersey’s premier Spanish Dance Theatre brings you its unique adaptation of the cherished holiday classic “The Nutcracker”.  Gypsy Flamenco, Spanish Regional and dances from various Latin American cultures, together with live music and Alborada’s widely acclaimed professional dancers and talented young artists, provide an unforgettable entertainment experience for all ages.

Sunday in the Park with GeorgeSUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Fri. Jan. 11 & 18, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Jan.12 & 19 at 8pm
Sun. Jan. 13 & 20 at 2pm

When her lover would rather paint dots on a canvas than pay attention to her, what’s a gal named Dot to do? The Pinnworth Production artists invite you to join them on a dramatic journey through this visual and musical masterpiece – Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical about a painter's struggle between creating art and living life. Inspired by Georges Seurat's masterpiece painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," this musical is a deeply moving love story that connects the past to the future through passionate and intensely personal struggles that are not unlike ones we all face at different times in our lives.

GREASE! Movie Sing-Along
Fri. Jan. 25, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Jan. 26 at 8pm
Sun. Jan. 27 at 2pm
Rock ‘N Roll is here to stay!  Throw on your pink poodle skirts and black leather jackets and come on out for a fun interactive show with Theater To Go.  Win prizes in the trivia contest, come up on stage and show off your best hand jive and of course sing-along with Sandy and The Pink Ladies in the classic 50’s movie musical.  And what’s even better - everyone gets a participation kit. Go” Greased Lightning!”.

Sat. Jan 26, 2013 at 2pm & 4pm
Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine?  ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship, perfect for even the littlest ones.

Fri. Feb 1 & 8, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Feb. 2 & 9 at 8pm
Sun Feb. 3 & 10 at 2pm

Tragically deaf, blind and ultimately mute due to a childhood illness, Helen Keller, the wild child, meets her match when Annie Sullivan.  A teacher with passion, resilience and cunning wit, Sullivan teaches Helen her greatest lesson: the gift of communication. Powerfully told by playwright William Gibson, this century old story of fortitude and friendship still stirs audiences today.  The Pennington Players prove that one determined person can make a world of difference, even save a life.

Fri. Feb. 15, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Feb.16 at 8pm
Sun. Feb. 17 at 2pm
Give your Valentine Love Letters!M&M Productions brings A.R. Gurney’s extraordinarily successful play to The Kelsey Theatre. Simply conceived, beautifully constructed, and intoxicating as Pink Champagne, this touching story is both witty and bittersweet as it follows the “near misses” of a relationship through a lifetime of letters. From summer camps and boarding schools, through college, war, career and romance, we watch the journey between free-spirited but unstable artist Melissa Gardner (played by Kelsey’s M. Kitty Getlik) and dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (played by Walter Smyth.)

Sat. Feb. 16, 2013 at 2pm & 4pm
This beloved fairytale of heroism comes happily to life in Theatre IV’s joyous new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale . Join Thumbelina and her friends (the toad, fish, field mouse, mole and swallow) on a series of delightful adventures in nature's tiny, enchanted world.

Fri. Feb 22, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Feb. 23 at 8pm
Sun. Feb. 24 at 2pm
Continuing its Classic Rock Album performance series, which included Déjà vu (2012) and Quadrophenia (2011), The Reock & Roll Revue will pay tribute to another great classic group of musicians of the late 60’s and early 70s-The Band. A musical and video journey that chronicles the paths crossed by Bob Dylan and members of the group that later became known as The Band as they turned the house known as Big Pink into their very own recording studio. 

TBATBA – We’re not allowed to say…
Fri. Mar 1 & 8, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Mar. 2 & 9 at 8pm
Sun Mar. 3 & 10 at 2pm

Maurer Productions OnStage, the talented Perry Award-winning group that brought you last year’s AIDA, Laughter on The 23rd Floor and Drowsy Chaperone are back with a recent Broadway musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical when it opened.  However we are not yet allowed to reveal the name.  Let’s just say that it has absolutely nothing to do with Jim Henson Company, The Muppets or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content. Oh, and this one is rated Shocking Pink - it really is not for kids! 

Fri. Mar 15 & 22, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Mar. 16 & 23 at 8pm
Sun. Mar. 17 & 24 at 2pm

Pierrot Productions says “Let us entertain you” with the classic musical fable about the definitive stage mother, Mama Rose, who pushes her two children into show business at any cost to fulfill the dream of stardom she never achieved herself. Critically acclaimed as one of the great American musicals and based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this exquisitely-crafted musical casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and Burlesque was born.           

Fri. Apr. 5 & 12, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Apr. 6 & 13 at 8pm
Sun. Apr. 7 & 14 at 2pm
Step into the Kit Kat Klub and come hear the music play as MCCC’s talented Theater and Dance Program and Entertainment Technology Majors present Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winner.  Set in 1931 Berlin, the musical captures the essence of a society on the brink of massive change. This upheaval is mirrored in the intertwined lives of the characters — denizens of a seedy nightclub and a nearby boarding house--all overseen by the nightclub's creepy Master of Ceremonies. The show's upbeat music reflects leftover Roaring '20s optimism, while the lyrics reveal an almost Kurt Weill/Berthold Brecht-like sense of cynicism, decadence and moral ambivalence.

Legally BlondeLEGALLY BLONDE – The Musical
Fri. Apr.  19 & 26, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Apr. 20 & 27 at 8pm
Sun. Apr. 21 & 28 at 2pm

The hilarious MGM film is now a delightful, engaging, hit musical comedy for audiences of every age – presented by Playful Theatre Productions. Blonde sorority sister, beauty queen, and perfect pink fashionista Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.  Come and witness the power of pink!

Sat. April 20, 2013 at 2pm & 4pm
When a little gray spider named Charlotte befriended a pig named Wilbur something Terrific, Radiant and Humble happened!  Presenting E. B. White’s loving story of friendship live on stage by Theatreworks/USA. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Sat. April 27, 2013 at 2pm & 4pm
A quiet and simple country life or the fast-paced excitement of the city? That’s the question confronting the Country Mouse in Theatre IV’s square-dance-meets-sock-hop retelling of the classic Aesop’s Fable. As the Country Mouse ponders the abundant riches of the big city being offered by a fast-talking Town Mouse, he feels the tug of a different kind of riches he left behind in the country. What will he decide? Watch this rock and roll hoe down and find out!

Fri. May 3 & 10, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. May 4 & 11 at 2pm & 8pm
Sun. May 5 &12 at 2pm
“The Hills Are Alive with The Sound of Music” -  whenever Maria is around. Proving too high-spirited for religious life, Maria is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval officer, Captain Von Trapp. Her growing rapport with the youngsters coupled with her generous spirit clash with the Captain, his fiancée and finally the Nazis who seize power of her Austrian homeland.  The Yardley Players are proud to present this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, one of the world's most beloved musicals.

Sat. May 18, 2013 at 8pm
Sun. May 19 at 2pm                       
The Mercer Dance Ensemble presents a fast-paced modern dance production as dancers go from Raspberry Ice to Baby Pink, to Tango Pink, to Hot Pink.  Featuring talented students, alumni, and community members, the company combines lyrical movement with impressionistic and symbolic storytelling.                                                                                       

Fri. May 31 & Jun. 7, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Jun. 1 & 8 at 8pm
Sun. Jun 2 & 9 at 2pm

In this fun comedy, penned by the husband – and-wife team of Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, Pierrot Productions presents the uproarious ups and downs, and ins and outs of men, women and relationships. Everyone is looking for love, and audience members from dating age to settled married couples will be able to relate to these five funny and heartwarming vignettes of romance. This hilarious and heartfelt comedy will have you laughing, sighing, and then laughing again.

Sat. Jun. 1, 2013 at 2pm & 4pm
The washing and waxing and scrubbing have been finished, but Cinderella's gown is ruined and her Stepmother and Stepsisters have already left for the ball! Will the Fairy Godmother arrive in time? The mice seem to think so.... Join Kaleidoscope Theatre for this delightful original musical and find out!

Fri. Jun. 14 & 21, 2013 at 8pm
Sat. Jun. 15 & 22 at 8pm
Sun. Jun. 16 & 23 at 2pm

This warmly perceptive study of a spirited, elderly couple facing their twilight years was later made into a hit motion picture starring Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.  Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, makes his annual summer pilgrimage with his wife Ethel to their New England summer cottage on a lake called Golden Pond.  Their solitude is interrupted when the couple’s daughter arrives with her fiancé and teenage son in tow. PinnWorth Productions presents this humorous and touching story of love that is both endearing and enduring.

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Roebling Raising Funds for March 2013 Broadway Opening

Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge

Roebling:  The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge
Mark Violi (The Foreigner, A Few Good Men) has authored a play about the Brooklyn Bridge.  They are currently fundraising to bring this amazing show to New York City.  You may have caught it when it was performed in this area.

Theater to Go announces launch of fundraising effort to bring Roebling:  The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge to NYC in March 2013

The new drama Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge is in development for a New York City Equity Showcase Production to be produced by special arrangement between the author Mark Violi and Theater to Go. Plans are underway to present this show in March 2013.  That time was selected because 2013 marks the 130th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, and March is Women’ History Month in recognition of the enormous contribution of Emily Roebling to the completion of this American icon.

Fundraising has begun at Through a special arrangement with Fractured Atlas, Theater to Go is able to accept tax deductible contributions and has arranged to offer some incentives donated by the Roebling Museum including artifacts from the Roebling factories. With the success of the fundraising, this showcase production is seen as a first step toward a larger New York production. Theater to Go is well known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for their unique interactive theater events. At the helm is Ruth Markoe who has produced, directed and performed throughout the region for many years and who brought the NJ premier to the stage.

Based on the true story of the Roebling family who labored against all odds to conceive, design and finally build the New York’s World-Famous Brooklyn Bridge, this play has been endorsed by the Roebling Museum and by descendants of John Roebling. This play has had two widely acclaimed non-equity productions in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. The New Jersey premier was produced in 2010 by invitation of the Roebling Museum to open the restored Roebling Auditorium and it was because of the overwhelming response to this play that plans were implemented to bring it to NYC where it must be.

Based on a true story, Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge brings to the stage the human drama surrounding the herculean construction effort to complete one of the most endearing and enduring engineering icons in the world. The play examines the beginnings of the project to build the Brooklyn Bridge in1869, through its completion in 1883. It is a play about a forward thinking family on the cutting edge of the Industrial Revolution. The play shows how this project foreshadowed the 20th century in its huge ambition, the revolutionary construction techniques developed by John Roebling and implemented by his son Washington, and in the recognition of the invaluable role that a woman, Emily Roebling, played in the completion of this enormous project.

Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge is a gripping saga of triumph over adversity. In the writing of this saga, Mr.Violi has made every effort to maintain the historical accuracy of the events, while engaging the audience with the difficulties endured and overcome by the Roebling family.
Roebling author Mark Violi is an accomplished writer, actor and producer. He has optioned two feature film screenplays to production companies in New York and Hollywood. His plays Roebling and Riding the Comet have both had non-Equity productions at Actors’ NET of Bucks County.

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Alumni Happenings for August and September

NunsenseNunsense at Kelsey Theatre

Liz Rzasa (Man of La Mancha) will be performing as Sister in Shore Repertory’s production of Nunsense.
Synopsis:  The show is a fund raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God.
Performance Dates: 
Friday,  August  17 and 24, 2012, at 8 pm
Saturday, August 18 and 25, at 8 pm
Sunday, August 19 and 26, at 2 pm
Ticket Prices:  Adults, $18, Seniors, $16, Students/Children, $14 (plus a service fee)
Tickets can be obtained several ways.  Visit

PippinPippin at Kelsey Theatre

Several alumni of OnStage productions will be performing Pippin at Kelsey as the opening show of the season:  Kyrus (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) will be the Lead Player, Dominick Sannelli (The Emperor’s New Clothes, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Children’s Letters to God, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) will be Pippin, Tom Bessellieu (The Drowsy Chaperone and Sound Man for many shows) will be Charles, J Scott (Aida) will be Lewis, Eve Connelly (Driving Miss Daisy) will be Berthe, David Catalano (Children’s Letters to God) and De Haven Rogers (Aida) will be in the ensemble, Charlotte Gougher (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) will be in the children's chorus, Nicole Farin-Machin (Singin’ in the Rain) will be choreographing, and Judi Parrish (The Drowsy Chaperone) will be doing lighting design.
Synopsis:   The lively coming of age story of King Charlemagne’s oldest son, featuring music by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Godspell. Although supported by his wise and feisty grandmother, Berthe, Pippin falls under the malicious influence of the” Leading Player”.  He is pushed headlong through adventures of war, sex, politics and love trying to find his “Corner of the Sky”.  As he draws towards the perfect, theatrical end of his story, Pippin begins to discover what it truly means to be extraordinary in our world.
Performance Dates:
Friday, September 7 and 14, at 8 pm
Saturday, September 8 and 15, at 8 pm
Sunday, September 9 and 16, at 2 pm
Ticket Prices:  Adults, $18, Seniors, $16, Students/Children, $14 (plus a service fee)
Tickets can be obtained several ways.  Visit

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MPO Theater Quiz:

How much do you know about the best of the Kelseys?
In celebration of the Kelsey Awards, being held on Saturday, August 11, this quiz is about the shows
being nominated for outstanding production. If you’ve seen the shows, you’ll have an edge!

Try out our August edition

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