In the gardens of Bagdad, a lovely commoner, the daughter of a magician, captivates the prince of the land with her unmistaken beauty. This prince, however, is dressed in disguise so no one can discover his true identity. As he pretends to be a mere commoner, he falls deeply in love with the magician’s daughter.
The classical Aladdin-like tale, Kismet, will be gracing the stage of County College of Morris (CCM) Wednesday, April 18, through Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Prof. Marielaine Mammon.
Kismet meaning “fate” is a light opera, rarely performed on a college stage due to the level of difficulty it demands of performers. Mark Tolleson, assistant director of the library at CCM, stars as the poet Hajj. The musical features several popular songs such as “Stranger in Paradise,” “My Beloved” and “Baubles, Bangles & Beads.”
Kismet first came to the stages of Broadway in 1953, winning six 1954 Tony Awards including one for best musical.
At CCM, choreographer and adjunct dance Professor Colleen McArdle is looking forward to the upcoming performance and witnessing the visual aesthetics.
“The set is beautiful. It is a full stage designed to resemble a mosque and the floor of the stage appears covered in sand to give the audience the effect of being in the desert,” McArdle said.
General admission is $15 and $10 for students with ID, children under 12 and seniors 62 and over. The musical takes place in Student Community Center, Dragonetti Auditorium, on CCM Randolph’s campus, 214 Center Grove Road.
For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call 973-328-5076. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.ccm.edu/tickets/kismet.asp