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‘The Hallelujah Girls’ conquer Cumming Playhouse stage Sept. 19
Hilarious comedy, talented cast

by Caitlyn Walters

September 17, 2013

Tracy Lee Holden, right, as Nita jumps to excitement explaining her story during a facial.Caitlyn Walters.
CUMMING, Ga. — A riotous and lively comedy awaits to uplift the community at the Cumming Playhouse starting this week.

The eight-member cast of "The Hallelujah Girls" ran through a full dress rehearsal on Sept. 12, just in time for opening night on Thursday, Sept. 19.

"It is a hilarious comedy about one woman in particular who is trying to change her life, and she drags everyone along with her," said artistic director Mercury, of the Cumming-based Gypsy Theatre Company. "These comedies are always very well received."

The cast and crew has been rigorously preparing for opening night since casting calls in July. However, the buoyant atmosphere between the play's characters and the cast members who play them, kept the work more pleasurable than anything.

"It is a very funny show," said actor John Spencer, who plays the must-see Porter Padgett. "There's a tremendous amount of talent in this cast."

Jan Grimshaw plays the optimistic main character, Sugar Lee Thompkins.

Grimshaw said it has been fun playing opposite her husband Rich Grimshaw, who plays Sugar Lee's sexy ex-high school sweetheart.

The characters they act out on stage are not far from their real lives persona, as the Grimshaws met in high school.

"I hope the audience will 'shed their worries, refocus their lives and walk out feeling like they are on top of the world,'" Jan said, referencing one of her lines from the play. "But I really do hope that they can just let go of whatever problems or stresses they have during the day and just laugh."

The play starts on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Cumming Playhouse, 101 School Street. Shows will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m. from Sept. 19 through Oct. 13.

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