‘Hallelujah Girls’ to turn up the heat at Canton Theatre
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Mavis, played by Gloria Szokoly; Nita, played by Carol Johnson; Sugar Lee, played by Cheryl Lambert; and Carlene, played by Chris Grass; watch as Crystal, played Mary Cissell, leads them in a ‘Chrystal’ Carol. ‘The Hallelujah Girls’ hits the Canton Theatre stage for two weekends from June 7 to 16. <br>Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Mavis, played by Gloria Szokoly; Nita, played by Carol Johnson; Sugar Lee, played by Cheryl Lambert; and Carlene, played by Chris Grass; watch as Crystal, played Mary Cissell, leads them in a ‘Chrystal’ Carol. ‘The Hallelujah Girls’ hits the Canton Theatre stage for two weekends from June 7 to 16.
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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Cherokee Theatre Company is presenting its final production of the season, “The Hallelujah Girls,” at the Canton Theatre for a two-weekend run June 7 to 16.

“‘The Hallelujah Girls’ is not a musical, but it does sing the praises of the feisty, 50-something females of Eden Falls, Ga.,” said Director Ralph Zaffino of Canton.

Hilarity abounds when the girls decide to shake up their lives, Zaffino said.

The Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH, the abandoned church-turned-day-spa where the group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon.

The cast of local actors includes Gloria Szokoly of Cumming; Chris Grass of Canton; Carol Johnson of Canton; Tanya Hicks of Ball Ground; Cheryl Lambert of Canton; Peter den Boer of Woodstock; Mary Cissell of Woodstock and Duane Willoughby of Canton.

“After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious, and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now,” Zaffino said. “But Sugar Lee, their high-spirited, determined leader, has her hands full keeping the women motivated.”

In the play, Carlene has given up on romance, having buried three husbands. Nita is a nervous wreck from running interference between her problematic son and his probation officer.

Mavis’ marriage is so stagnant she’s wondering how she can fake her own death to get out of it. And Crystal entertains them all, singing Christmas carols with her own lyrics.

The comic tension mounts when an ex-boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, a marriage proposal comes from an unlikely suitor and Sugar Lee’s rival vows to steal the spa away from her.

Opening night is June 7 at 8 p.m. Additional performances are June 8 and 9, and June 14, 15 and 16. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students with ID.

Cherokee Theatre Company is running a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” promotion and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for the group price of $10 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.

cherokeetheatre.org.

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