When most people think about musicals, they imagine Broadway, bright lights, big city. In fact, the musical’s lifeblood is local, in amateur productions at high schools, community theatres, afterschool programs, summer camps, and dinner theatres. Please join us for a discussion and celebration of the role and importance of local musical theater with Theatre Studies scholar Stacy Wolf and members of Kelsey Theatre of Mercer County.

Stacy Wolf is Professor of Theater as well as Director of the Program in Music Theater at Princeton. She is the author, previously, of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical and of A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical. Frank Ferrara is a frequent director and sporadic actor for a variety of community theaters in New Jersey, and the past president of the Pennington Players. By day, he is the Associate Director of Medical Writing for Taiho Oncology, Inc. Kat Ross Kline is a frequent Kelsey director whose current show is The Sound of Music. Kyrus Keenan Westcott is a lifestyle blogger and social media motivational speaker. He is the creator of Good Vibes with Ky, a lifestyle blog that focuses on positive energy and self-improvement.


This event is cosponsored by Labyrinth Books, Princeton University’s Humanities Council and Lewis Center for the Arts.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Humanities Council
  • Labyrinth Books

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