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Country-style Comedy Kicks off New Year at Curtain Call

By Curtain Call

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Nothing takes the pressure off a bad day like a little pampering and the "the girls" of The Hallelujah Girls know that as Christina Richardson (seated) is attended by her friends:kneelin left- Cathy Cordaro; kneeling left: Cindy Hartog; standing: Ruth Lettera
Though the final chords of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus have barely faded from memory, Curtain Call kicked off the New Year with yet another shout of that joyful adjective when The Hallelujah Girls opened in The Dressing Room Theatre on January 10.

This light-hearted comedy (think chick flick) kicks off when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned day spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon. 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! The comic tension mounts when a sexy, ex-boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, a marriage proposal comes from an unlikely suitor and an arch rival vows she'll stop at nothing to steal the spa away from her.

Directed by Norwalk resident Frank Gaffney, this cast of six women and two men deliver laughs in the cold dark days of January. “It’s a funny, heartwarming play with lots of humor, wit, and a few zingers and is perfect to help beat back the post-holiday blues,” said Curtain Call executive director, Lou Ursone.

Cathy Cordaro nd Bob Hennessey in a scene from The Hallelujah Girls playing in The Dressing Room Theatre (Stamford) January 10 through February 1.
Featured in the cast are, from Norwalk: Carin Freidag and Ruth Lettera; from Westport, husband and wife Marc Hartog and Cindy Hartog; from Trumbull: Cathy Cordaro; from Milford: Andrea Garmun; from Wilton: Christina Richardson; and from Sandy Hook; Bob Hennessey.

"I got involved because Hope-Jones-Wooten comedies are guaranteed laughers,” said Gaffney. “The play is an excellent reflection on life’s many hurdles and the faith that keeps us all moving forward. It's quite a delightful play, and by the end love is dancing through the air and warm feelings fill everyone,” he added.

Real life husband and wife Marc and Cindy Hartog of Westport play opposite each other in Curtain Call's production of The Hallelujah Girls playing in The Dressing Room Theatre (Stamford) January 10 through February 1.
“After the success of last season’s The Dixie Swim Club by the same authors, I thought it would be fun to do anther of their shows….actually one written prior to Dixie,” Ursone said. “I’m hoping ultimately what people will get out of this play is that life is never over ... until that last breath is drawn,” said Gaffney. “You still have a chance to do something different, do something fun ... take up guitar, I don’t care, do something, learn something new because it’s what keeps you alive,” he added.

Performances are held in The Dressing Room Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Seating is cabaret-style with a BYOEverything format.

Tickets are available from the Box Office at 203-461-6358 or online at – Adults: $29. / Senior Citizens: $22. / Students and children: $14.50.

The remainder of Curtain Call's 23rd season includes, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Les Miserables and many other special events including concerts by Michael Jovovich, Frank Mastrone and more. Plus interactive murder mysteries and comedy nights are also on tap.

Curtain Call is the nonprofit, professionally-run, community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.

Curtain Call has been voted Fairfield County’s BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP 2005 through 2013 in the Annual Readers’ Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly as well as BEST LOCAL THEATRE by StamfordPlus magazine for the past five years and as BEST VENUE by Stamford Magazine readers.. Curtain Call also received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism for 2011 and in a recent statewide Facebook poll, was noted as the most popular theatre in Connecticut and second most favorite attraction in the state.

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