Kelsey Theatre is unique in that we thrive as a collective of fifteen independent performing arts groups. These groups include twelve award-winning, semi-professional theater companies, a talented college theater troupe, a modern dance ensemble, and a symphonic band.
We’re like the theater equivalent of a great cocktail that only your favorite bartender knows how to mix. Here is a list of our ingredients. Imbibe responsibly. Cheers!
Launched in 2014 by a cadre of local theater vets, Forte Dramatic Productions has set out to present great shows with a strong creative vision while fostering an environment that promotes collaboration and respect for all involved. Their past productions have included A Very Kelsey Christmas, 12 Angry Men, and Inherit the Wind. (http://fortedrama.org)
Producing shows at Kelsey Theatre since 2011, K2K Entertainment is a young, vibrant and passionate company. Known for producing The Kelsey Awards Ceremony each year in collaboration with Kelsey Theatre, K2K likes to explore new territory and spreading good vibes through the arts.
The Kelsey Players is our in-house production company. Its focus is giving young performers their first chance to perform on stage side-by-side with seasoned adult actors. Best known for producing the fan favorite holiday show ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Kelsey Players has given more than a few working professional actors their first taste of theater.
Founded in 2012 by two veteran theater dads, M & M has quickly grown to become one of Kelsey Theatre’s most respected and prolific companies. Relying on a group of volunteers, they now produce up to three shows per year. Their past productions have included Crazy for You, Love Letters, A Christmas Story the Musical, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. (https://www.mandmstage.com)
Established in 2004, MPO was founded with the mission to support the community by offering creative opportunities to actors, artists and theatre craftsmen. Known for raising the bar when it comes to production values, the award-winning team at MPO has staged some of Kelsey Theatre’s most popular shows, including Monty Python’s Spamalot, Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical, Singin’ in the Rain, and Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA. (http://www.mponstage.com)
The MCCC Academic Theatre and Dance Company gives students of Mercer County Community College and Mercer County residents a chance to develop their acting, dancing and design skills through live theater productions. Mounted on both the Kelsey Theatre main stage and in the black box Studio Theatre, their productions range from classical to modern, musicals to the avant-garde. Their past productions have included The Normal Heart, Spring Awakening, and Return to Forbidden Planet. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mcccthetempest)
The MCCC Dance program includes the study of jazz, ballet, and modern dance styles from the fundamentals to advanced instruction. The Mercer Dance Ensemble features a group of the program’s most talented students, faculty and alumni, plus guest choreographers and dancers. Each year, they present a dance concert using music and movement to sway your emotions, and tell myriad tales.
Lead by Dr. Louis Woodruff, the Mercer County Symphonic Band is an ensemble sponsored by Mercer County Community College. Performing now for over 35 years and with sixty participating musicians of all ages, the band is dedicated to the musical growth and enjoyment of its musicians and audiences. (http://www.mercerband.org)
Entertaining local audiences since 1951, The Pennington Players has performed in numerous venues over the years, landing at Kelsey Theatre in the 1990s. Their goal is to use theater to entertain and learn and have fun while doing it. Their past productions have included American Idiot, GlenGarry Glen Ross, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Peter & The Starcatcher. (http://thepennplayers.wixsite.com/penningtonplayers)
One of the first local theater companies to take up residency at Kelsey Theatre back in the 1990s, Pierrot Productions is a company known for taking creative risks. Their choice of shows is both varied and eclectic. Their past productions have included Chess, Sweeny Todd, Carrie the Musical and Dogfight.
Since 2008, PinnWorth Productions has been bringing high quality plays and musicals to Kelsey Theatre’s main stage. Their core mission has been to entertain audiences while exploring elements of the human condition that unite us all. Their past productions have included Equus, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, A Man for All Seasons, Miss Saigon and Disney’s Newsies. (https://www.pinnworth.com)
Founded in the 1990s, by the early 2000s Playful Theatre Productions had quickly become the lodestar for many of the groups producing shows at Kelsey Theatre. A magnet for talent with an appetite for challenging productions, the group quickly rose in popularity with audiences as well. Their past productions have included Cats, Les Miserables, and Sunset Boulevard. (http://playfultheatreproductions.com)
Founded in the 1990s by a long-time and highly respected educator, Stars in the Park started at Washington Crossing Park’s Open Air Theater before migrating to Kelsey Theatre in the early 2000s. Known for strong, compassionate leadership on stage and an open-door policy for new young talent, the group has been a favorite with audiences and theater producers alike. Their past productions have included Bat Boy, Nunsense, and Grease.
Theater to Go, originally founded in 1992 as R&R Productions, has grown into a premier, full service theatrical production company known for murder mysteries and interactive comedy theater. While many of their shows are performed for businesses and corporate clients in restaurants, hotels and other venues, Theater to Go calls Kelsey Theatre home. Their most recent productions include A Raisin in the Sun, Disney’s Frozen Movie Sing-Along, and Ken Ludwig’s Twentieth Century. (http://www.murdermyst.com)
Founded in 1991, and serving the Yardley, PA and Trenton, NJ areas, this company has staged some of Kelsey Theatre’s most popular productions. The Yardley Payers welcomes people with various levels of training and interests and in areas from performing to the technical stage crew. Their past productions have included Mary Poppins, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, and Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. (http://www.yardleyplayers.com)