Next weekend the Crystal Theater will present "Without Passion or Prejudice," an original musical courtroom "dramedy" that focuses on an emotionally-charged topic, the guilt or innocence of an uneducated and mentally challenged teenaged mother who is accused of drowning her infant son. The plot of this Crystal Theatre production also includes drama outside the courtroom as sequestered jurors find comedy and tragedy in their own lives. The subject matter of this production may not be suitable for children under age 12.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 26, and 3 p.m. March 27. Tickets are $12 adults; $10 seniors; $7 children aged 16 and younger. Reservations can be made by online at www.crystaltheatre.org or by calling 203-847-4850. It will be performed at the Crystal Theatre Center in the Ben Franklin Theater at 66 Bayview at the intersection of Hillside Avenue in South Norwalk.
"Without Passion or Prejudice" was written by David L. Jackins with music and lyrics by Cheryl E. Kemeny. The cast (by town) includes: (Darien) Alex Gunya ... (Milford) Michael Ferrigno ... (Norwalk) Jerrod Blakeney, Matthew Bunce, Kaitlyn and Susan Cleary, Juliana Cole, Hannah Daley, Maria DesRochers, Marian Dubois, Jessica Foulds, Max Helfand, Samantha Holomakoff, Emily Katz, Greg Kisken, Jeff Mangels, Elizabeth Markow, Celine Montaudy, Justin and Kevin Poruban Jr., Allison Rohr, Emily Ruther ... (Redding) Doug Streat ... (Stamford) Louis Ruggiero, Misha Schmidt, and (Westport) Megan Clark.
Crystal Theatre Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit performing arts school that trains students in the techniques of musical theater, produces and promotes original works and provides performance opportunities for those who might otherwise not have a chance to sing, dance and act on stage. Each year the group teaches an average of 700 students ages 6 to 21 and has entertained more than 100,000 audience members by producing 15-20 shows annually. The material for all productions is written to fit the ability levels of the youngsters in each class and to allow them to explore different roles and to try on new personalities. During productions, each student has the opportunity to participate as both a principal player and in a supporting role.