Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Hallelujah Girls opens June 6th!


Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA), Shear Bliss Salon, Oh My Stars, and Blue Heron bring the delightfully funny show The Hallelujah Girls, to Tillamook opening June 6th!  Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, the show follows six women from Eden Falls, Georgia as they decide to make a life change and pursue their dreams after the loss of a close friend. Sugar Lee Thompkins, portrayed by Debbie Coon, rallies her friends together and convinces them it’s never too late to change their destiny and improve their lives. The women, consisting of Ann Harper, Becki Wilhelm, Laurie Caspell, and Diane Kreider, reluctantly agree to help their friend start a new business in an old abandoned church. Enter an ex-love  portrayed by Richard Coon, a suitor portrayed by Garrick Gordon, and the wickedly sweet town villain portrayed by Joni Sauer-Folger; mix it all together and the result is a hilarious comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!”.

The Hallelujah Girls is directed by Robert Buckingham, and is
his seventh production directed for TAPA. His past productions include Murder by the Book, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Star-Spangled Girl, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, A Fine Monster You Are!, and last summer’s hit Sherlock’s Secret Life.

The Hallelujah Girls will run at TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook.  Performances will be held June 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  Evening performances start at 7:00 pm and Sunday matinees will start at 2:00 pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Join us for the Opening Night Gala on June 6th starting at 6:30 pm; each ticket purchase includes appetizers and a complimentary beverage of choice.

Tickets are on sale at Diamond Art Jewelers in Tillamook (503-842-7940).  $15 for adult, $10 for seniors/students.

 The Hallelujah Girls cast
Back row L to R: Richard Coon, Debbie Coon, Laurie Caspell, Ann Harper, Garrick Gordon
Front row L to R: Diane Kreider, Joni Sauer-Folger, Becki Wilhelm


Mavis and Carleen seem a little shocked by what Nita is telling them
Oh poor Vonda Joyce...

What a great play, you get pampered while on stage!

Bunny is always causing trouble!
Bobby Dwayne has his work cut out for him at the salon!
Sugar Lee working on Mavis while Mavis tells a story
Bunny has all sorts of ideas for her museum and tributes!
Bobby Dwayne with Nita and Mavis
Bunny sure looks smug with that piece of paper!