Grayson County Theater Department goes to court


Audience members will have a different theatre-going experience when “Contempt of Court” plays in Grayson College’s Black Box Theatre Nov. 16-18. The comedy parodies the legal system and is reminiscent of television shows such as “Judge Judy” and “Night Court.”

“Contempt of Court” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18. Tickets are $3 for the general public and free with GC ID. Reservations are recommended because seating is limited in the theatre, located in the Arts & Communication Center on the college’s Main Campus in Denison. For reservations or more information, contact GC’s theatre department at 903-463-8609 or at theatre@grayson.edu.

“This show is very different from anything we’ve ever done,” said Robin Robinson, GC professor and director of theatre. “Audience participation is an integral role in the production, which should appeal to everyone from teenagers to senior adults.”

Written by David Landau with music by Nikki Stern, “Contempt of Court” is an interactive comedy where audience members are plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses and jury in some of the most outlandishly funny lawsuits ever to double-cross the bench. They will have the opportunity to vote on three different cases presented, which will determine the production’s outcome.

Texarkana freshman Skyler Alton and Bells freshman Kailey Rolen play opposing attorneys Sydney Schyster and Melissa Cheatham, respectively. Judge Judy Koch is played by Kasandra Poindexter, Whitewright sophomore. England sophomore Nathan Owen is Duke Mondhill, her bailiff. Anna freshman Arron Hogue tackles four different characters who testify in the cases.

Denton sophomore Maggie Bergener leads the crew as stage manager. Rachel Schroeder, Denison sophomore, and Katie Slay, Lavon freshman, are her assistants. Sophomores Blake Rice of Savoy and Andrew Steele of Cumby are sound and light designers, respectively. Master electrician is Rowlett freshman Jasmine Shannon, and freshman Nathan Poindexter of Whitewright is master carpenter. Sophomores Mason Butler of Leonard and Jose Gomez of Denison are sound and light board operators, respectively. Gomez also is assistant master electrician. Thea Albert, GC adjunct professor of theatre, designed the set and costumes; sophomore Dillon Wooten of Trenton is her assistant. Props coordinator is Sherman sophomore Rodney Hudson.