CRT Rstarts Nutmeg Summer Series With CROWNS 6/11-21

CRT Rstarts Nutmeg Summer Series With CROWNS 6/11-21

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will restart its summer theatre, the Nutmeg Summer Series, by presenting the hit musical show Crowns June 11 - 21 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, Storrs. Tickets go on sale March 30. For tickets and information, call 860-486-4226 or visit

The Nutmeg Summer Series was an extremely popular summer theatre series that featured musicals and plays presented in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre during the summer as far back as the late 1940's. The series was suspended after the 2002 season for financial reasons but a new financial format that includes major support from the university as well as private donors has enabled the series to return with one show this season. CRT intends to return to a full season Summer Nutmeg Series of three or more shows in 2010.


By ReGina Taylor

Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

Get ready for some soul-stirring, funny and powerful stories from the church elders, stories with enough hattitude to set the choir singing! That's hattitude as in crowns - elegant headwear favored by these six women whose stories are woven into the hats that adorn their heads. This gospel-infused musical features soulful, joyful music, from freedom song to hip hop, that celebrates family and faith and is a jubilant expression of culture and tradition.

After a family tragedy, a Brooklyn teen is sent to her grandmother's house in South Carolina. Her journey of cultural and self-discovery is timed to a church day, from morning to the evening processional, featuring a wedding, a funeral, and a baptism.

Crowns is an exploration of history and identity. This incredible story of oNe Young woman's return to the South dramatizes her education into the ritualized world of hats as an expression of cultural identity.

This production of Crowns is being co-produced by CRT in collaboration with Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage. It will feature a full professional cast and professional musicians who will perform the show in Indianapolis and Syracuse before arriving in Storrs June 11.

Shannon Antalan (Yolanda) Shannon has been seen on Broadway in Caroline, or Change and Xanadu; Off-Broadway in Junie B. Jones; and in the first national tour of Hairspray as Inez. Regionally she has performed as Abyssinia in Abyssinia, Taylor in High School Musical 2, Ermina Crump in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and Amaliya inThe Princess & the Golden Yam.
Terry Burrell (Wanda) Terry's Broadway credits include The Threepenny Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Swingin' on a Star, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, Honky Tonk Nights, and Eubie. She appeared in the first London production of Show Boat. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Almost Heaven, The World Goes 'Round, Just So, and Taking a Chance on Love. She received a Helen Hayes nomination for her portrayal of Queenie in Queenie Pie. Other regional credits include Mahalia, Man of La Mancha, Up from Paradise, Of Thee I Sing, Jar the Floor, The Women of Brewster Place, Cinderella, for colored girls..., Sweet and Hot, Ain't Misbehavin', A Christmas Carol, Time and Again, Sheila's Day, Sophisticated Ladies, and Smokey Joe's Café. Tours include The Wiz, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Thunder Knockin' at the Door, Copacabana, Show Boat, and A Grand Night for Singing.

Chandra Currelley (Mother Shaw) Chandra is the former lead singer for the legendary recording group the S.O.S. Band. She was recently seen in the world premiere of the Alliance Theater's Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel and Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company's The Amen Corner. Other credits include Dinah Was, Blues in the Night, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Hot Mikado. Atlanta credits include Two Queens, One Castle at the Horizon Theatre; Madea's Class Reunion at the Fox Theatre; and Slam!, Sophisticated Ladies, One Mo' Time, and Black Nativity at Jomandi. Regionally, she has performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City; the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles; the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas; North Shore in Boston; the Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, and Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and San Diego Repertory Theatre. TV credits include VH-1, Say Yes! on TBN, Video LP on BET and Atlanta Jazz Showcase on PBS. She appeared in Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman for Lionsgate Films. Chandra has been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award, the Atlanta Gospel Choice Award, the Suzie Bass Award, and the NAACP Phoenix Award. Chandra has released two cds, Love Songs and The Real Me.

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