TURNER – 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 “Once on This Island.”
The show will run June 3-13 in the Edward Jones Playhouse at the pavilion on Little York Lake. Peterson has been cast as Erzulie, Goddess of Love, in this Caribbean Island tale of the power of love. She will also co-star as policewoman Billy Dwyer in the theater’s summer production of “Unnecessary Farce,” running July 22 – Aug. 1.
Peterson performed in “The Journey” with Garbriel Mudd at New York City’s Triad Theatre in March, and has most recently completed work on the play “Lincoln on Hester Street” at Theatre for the New City, working under the direction of Sally Lesser and Ellen Stockbridge, costumers of “One Life to Live” on ABC.
A 2008 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a degree in Theatre Arts, Peterson 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 Jacqueline Solotar, Dan Daily and Evan Pappas.
While attending local schools, Peterson appeared as Mother Abyss in “Sound of Music,” Gloria in “Bye Bye Birdie” and one of the wicked stepsisters in “Cinderella.” She is a member of Lewiston-Auburn’s Community Little Theatre family, having appeared in “The Scarlett Pimpernell” and “the Wizard of Oz.”

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