Kelsey Theater kicks off 50th anniversary season with can’t-miss musical “Once,” weekends September 23-October 2

Windsor West “Once,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theater Album, will kick off the Kelsey Theater’s 2022-23 season. The romantic musical drama takes place on the weekends of September 23 through October 2. The Kelsey Theater is located on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

“This joyfully uplifting musical strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all,” said Kelsey Theater Artistic Director Mr. Kitty Getlik. “I can’t think of a better show to open Kelsey Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. What’s really cool is that the cast doubles as an orchestra, and each cast member not only acts, but sings and plays a musical instrument.

Presented by Playful Theatre, “Once” is a story about the life of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who connect over their shared passion for music on the streets of Dublin. Over the course of a fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly turns into a powerful yet complicated romance, heightened by the inviting and emotional score. The show features original songs from the critically acclaimed film, including “Falling Slowly.”

The cast includes Danielle Bradley of Ewing as emcee, Lilli Brown of Robbinsville as daughter; Pitman’s Aimee Ferenz as ex-girlfriend; Asbury Park’s Michael Gilch as Svec, Pennington’s Bryan Hill as Guy, Jim Morris as Da, Daniel Mucha as Eamon, Rich Phillips as Billy and Joan Schubin as Baruska, all from Hamilton; Amanda Santos as Reza and Mina Schneider as Ivonka, both from Lawrence; Christopher Singh of Bordentown as bank manager; Ewing’s Aidan Stallworth-Glitz as Andrej; and Francois Suhr of Hightstown overall.

The show is directed by Frank Ferrara and the music is conducted by Shannon Ferrara of West Windsor.

Other members of the production team include: Assistant Music Director Mike Gilch of Asbury Park, Producer Nancy Scharf of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Producer Suzanne Smith of Fallsington, Pennsylvania, Stage Manager Ruth Kresge of Yardley, Pennsylvania and producer Hilary Leboff of Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Performance dates

Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Tickets

Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at KelseyTheatre.org or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.

The Kelsey Theater is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the building. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. For a complete listing of events, visit Kelsey’s website at www.KelseyTheatre.org.

Note: Masks are recommended but not required in the theater.

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“At Kelsey Theater, we are committed to taking active steps to create true diversity, equity and inclusion in our productions through systemic policy change and individual accountability – aimed at fostering an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, nationalities, creeds, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and abilities.–Kelsey’s team

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The Kelsey Theater kicks off its 50th anniversary season with the acclaimed musical “Once.” The show runs weekends September 23 through October 2, 2022. The Kelsey Theater is located on the Mercer County Community College campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Tickets can be purchased online at KelseyTheatre.org or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. (Pictured above, left to right: Bryan Hill, Lilli Brown and Mini Schneider.) Photo credit: Lauren Kamps

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“Once” is a story about the life of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who connect over their shared passion for music on the streets of Dublin. The show is directed by Frank Ferrara and the music is conducted by Shannon Ferrara of West Windsor. (Above photo: Francois Suhr of Hightstown.) Photo credit: Lauren Kamps

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Cast members rehearse for Playful Theater’s production of the musical ‘Once’. (Photo above from left: Shannon Ferrera, Dan Mucha, Francois Suhr, Aimee Ferenz, Amanda Santos, Aiden Stallworth-Glitz.) Photo credit: Lauren Kamps)

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