Corbett Childrens Theater opens its comedic mystery Thursday, April 3

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KAREN HAWLEY - CCTs upcoming production features a cast of 15 and a documentary film crew. 'No Crime Like the Present' offers a comedic break from the theaters recent productions. Left to right: Sam Cerbu, Tim Clark and Emma Stewart.

The time: the 1980s. The place: TV station KDOA. The “villain”: a “vindictive big-haired girl.”

Corbett Children’s Theater will stage the comedic mystery “No Crime Like the Present” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 3, 4 and 5, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at The Chapel in Troutdale.

“Our recent productions — ‘Our Town’ and ‘The Sound of Music’ — were fairly serious in nature,” Director Angel Williams said. “This showing is pushing the kids to open up and do really farcical, over-the-top, timing intensive things. I can’t leave rehearsal without grinning.”

Williams steers the play along with student director Jamie Layton, a senior at Corbett Charter School. Featuring a cast of 15, the production also incorporates a documentary film project.

Student filmmakers have worked in partnership with Adam Bertsch of Mt. Hood Community College to learn how to use video equipment and write a documentary script.

On her way to the top, Cassandra Dumont (played by Lisa Fisher, a sophomore at Corbett Charter School) was willing to step on a few toes to get there.

As co-anchor of the “Six O’clock News” at TV station KDOA, Dumont had made enough enemies to fill a phone book.

“Her goal is to become an artist, and she is going to do anything to get there,” Fisher said. “She has dreams of being rich and living out her dreams.”

It was no surprise when somebody decided to cancel Dumont’s ticket. The detective investigating the murder learns everyone in the newsroom has a motive for killing her.

Sam Cerbu, a sophomore at Corbett Charter School, plays Sergeant Slack, who is smitten with the main character, Dumont. He tries to find the murderer before the detective, Mavis Davis.

“I hope the audience sees all the hidden characteristics of the actors and the interesting plot,” said Cerbu, a first-time actor with CCT.

Cast members said that with a hilarious whodunit script, audience members will learn there is no crime like the present.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KAREN HAWLEY - Jordan Ziese, in background, and Will Vincent, star in 'No Crime Like the Present.'


What: Corbett Children’s Theater presents William Gleason’s “No Crime Like the Present”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 3, 4 and 5, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5

Where: The Chapel, 27132 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale

Tickets: $9 for students and seniors and $11 for adults

Info: Call 503-939-3447 or visit

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