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First Published: September 16, 2022

Kelsey Theater kicks off 50th anniversary season with 'Once'

(West Windsor, NJ) — Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “Once” kicks off the 2022-2023 season at The Kelsey Theatre. The romantic musical drama runs over the weekend from September 23rd to October 2nd.

Kelsey Theater Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik said: “I can’t think of a better show to kick off her 50th anniversary season at The Kelsey Theatre. Singing and playing instruments.”

Presented by Playful Theater, ‘Once’ tells the story of a life in which an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant connect through a shared passion for music on the streets of Dublin. During her fateful week, unexpected friendships and collaborations quickly develop into powerful and complex romances, underscored by a gripping and emotional score. The show features his original songs from critically acclaimed films, including “Falling Slowly.”

The cast includes Ewing’s Danielle Bradley as host and Robbinsville’s Lilli Brown as Girl. Pittman’s Amy Ferencz as ex-girlfriend. Asbury Park’s Michael Gilch as Svek, Pennington’s Brian Hill as Guy, Jim Morris as Da, Daniel Mucha as Eamon, Rich Phillips as Billy, and Joan Shubin as Barska. Originally from Hamilton. Amanda Santos as Reza and Mina Schneider as Yvonka, both from Lawrence. Christopher Shinn of Bordentown as bank manager. Ewing’s Aidan Stallworth-Glitz as Andrej. François Sur of the ensemble Heightstown.

The show will be directed by Frank Ferrara and the music will be directed by Shannon Ferrara of West Windsor.

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Other members of the production team include Asbury Park Assistant Music Director Mike Gilch; Yardley, PA producer Nancy Scharf; Fallsington, PA producer Suzanne Smith; Yardley, PA stage manager Ruth Kresge; Producer Hilary Leboff included.

Performance date: Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM. Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 pm. Sunday, September 25, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 PM. Sunday, October 2, 2:00 p.m.

tickets Available for $24 online Or call the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.

Kelsey Theatere is located on the Mercer County Community College campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.venue It is wheelchair accessible and has free parking next to the building. Auxiliary listening devices are available upon request. Note: Masks are recommended, but not required, in the theater.

Photo: Brian Hill, Lily Brown, Mini Schneider.Photo credit: Lauren Campus