Cherokee Civic Theatre to Present “The Hallelujah Girls” on Stage


ben wheeler

Down at the Spa-Dee-Dah, you’d think life is all bubbles and blow dryers with a few beauty marks thrown in. And you’d be wrong.

There’s trouble in pedicure paradise when “The Hallelujah Girls” comes to the stage of Cherokee Civic Theatre (CCT) this month. A Southern-fried comedy by the talented team of Jones-Hope-Wooten, “The Hallelujah Girls” are friends who patronize the day spa to forget about life’s trials and tribulations – faithless husbands, children with probation officers, and the singular lack of romance. With the sudden death of a friend, combined with the machinations of an old enemy who wants to shut the spa down, the feisty women unite to change their lives, take back their dreams, and save the day.

Directed by Mary Vardaman (Jacksonville) and produced by Sissy Crysup (Rusk), CCT’s production features a cast from all over East Texas and beyond. Sharing their comic talents are Laura Cunningham and Corey Folmnsbee (Jacksonville), Frank Evans (Bullard), Monica Kelley (Tyler), Phyllis Johnson (Rockwall), Josie Fox (Nacogdoches), and Amy McCalister and Jo Carraway (Rusk).

Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten have written many popular plays included several produced at CCT the past few years: “Always a Bridesmaid,” “Dearly Beloved,” “Dearly Departed,” and “The Dixie Swim Club.” Their sense of humor ranges from the sly to the downright ridiculous and always makes for a rollicking good time.

“The Hallelujah Girls” opens on Saturday, February 25th with a “Members Only” reception. The show continues Sunday, February 26th as well as March 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The evening performances begin at 7:30pm; the Sunday matinees start at 2pm.

Advance tickets are available now at cherokeetheatre.net or by calling CCT at (903)683-2131. The CCT box office will be open weekdays from 2-6pm starting February 20th until March 4th.

Tickets are also available at the door starting one hour before each performance.

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