LEEDS – Crystal Rona Peterson, a 2005 graduate of Leavitt Area High School, will co-star in the Cortland Repertory Theatre of New York’s summer production of “Eight Track … the Sound of the Seventies.”

Peterson graduated this year with a degree in theater arts from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she studied under Dan Daily and Evan Pappas. She is a two-year recipient of the National Scholarship Award and has appeared in “Women of Twilight,” “Uncommon Women” and “Rabbit Hole” in New York City. She is a 2006 alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she studied under such theater royalty as Jacqueline Solotar and John Baylis.

While at Leavitt, Peterson appeared as Mother Abyss in “Sound of Music,” as Gloria in “Bye Bye Birdie” and as one of the wicked stepsisters in “Cinderella.” She is a member of Auburn’s Community Little Theatre family, having appeared in “The Scarlett Pimpernell” and “the Wizard of Oz.”

A graduate of Cecile Phinney’s Art of Dance studio in Greene, she currently studies with the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Studio in New York City.

Peterson began her performing career at age 3 with the musical group All God’s Children and has had a long career as a singer, dancer, actress, choreographer and musician throughout her years in Maine. She is the daughter of Larry and Nancy Peterson of Leeds, and the granddaughter of Emile and Mary Denis of Lewiston.

“Eight Track…the Sound of the Seventies” will run from June 4 to June 14 in the Edward Jones Playhouse at the pavilion on Little York Lake.

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