Almost a dozen Shelton residents are part of the cast of the current play at Center Stage Theatre.

"Inherit the Wind" tells the story of the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925, when two powerhouse lawyers face off in a small-town courtroom after a high school teacher is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution.

With the entire nation closely following the legal case, the two attorneys must passionately confront questions of faith and science in the courtroom.

Shelton residents performing in the play are Justine Critchley, Wayne Finley, Amy Kutniewski, Ainsley Lougal, John Marcinauskis, Carl Musante, Leahjoy Pearson, Leah Salomoni, Kathleen Shannon, Greg Twohill and Marc Weissman.

The true story also has been brought to the big screen, with the 1960 film version starring Spencer Tracey, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role.

"Inherit the Wind" continues through April 13 at Center Stage, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and a Thursday, April 10 show at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at or 203-225-6079. The nonprofit Center Stage is in the former Lafayette School at 54 Grove St., Shelton.