Set in 1907 Norwalk, “Whistleville” is the final segment of the “Ellis Island Trilogy,” which was written by Dramatist Guild member Cheryl E. Kemeny. The play follows the lives of three young women who witness a murder in New York City and come to South Norwalk to hide from the perpetrator. They open a hat shop on Washington Street and become involved in the rivalries between Norwalk and South Norwalk as represented through their Singing Societies. The Hungarian and Italian “Whistleville” communities are featured prominently in the story. Whistleville was the Bouton Street-Lexington Avenue area of Norwalk at the beginning of the 20th century.
This historical musical will kick off Crystal Theatre's 25th Anniverary and will be performed at Crystal Theatre's Ben Franklin Theatre, 66 Bayview at Hillside Street, South Norwalk, 06854. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, November 10 and 17, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 11. Visit the web site at www.crystaltheatre.org for directions and to purchase tickets -- $12.00 adults; $10.00 seniors and students (0-18)
On November 17, a special section will be reserved for patrons who purchase $25.00 benefit tickets. Benefit patrons will be invited to a Hungarian/Italian wine and cheese reception following the performance. Benefit tickets can also be purchased online or by calling 203-847-4850.