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For Stamford's Curtain Call, A New Show for a New Year

Cathy Cordaro and Bob Hennessey in a scene from The Hallelujah Girls, playing in The Dressing Room Theatre January 10 through February 1. Photos Courtesy Curtain Call
Cathy Cordaro and Bob Hennessey in a scene from The Hallelujah Girls, playing in The Dressing Room Theatre January 10 through February 1. Photos Courtesy Curtain Call
It's a new year, and with that comes a brand new season at Stamford's own Curtain Call. Taking the lead in 2014 is a country-style comedy titled The Hallelujah Chorus at Curtain Call's The Dressing Room Theatre, opening on January 10.

The light-hearted comedy that stars "the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, [who] decide to shake up their lives." The loss of a dear friend drives the women to to the realization that time is precious and if they're going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get moving.

Norwalk resident Frank Gaffney directs the cast of six women and two men to deliver the laughs during January's cold days.

“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.

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
  • 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.

Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten and Jessie Jones authored the Hallelujah Girls, and were the same authors who authored one of last seasons most successful shows, Te Dixie Swim Club.
 
"After the success of last season’s The Dixie Swim Club, I thought it would be fun to do another 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,” added 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."

At press time, the opening weekend had completely sold out so the run has been extended through Saturday night, February 1. Performances will be held in The Dressing Room Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Seating is cabaret-style with a "BYOEverything" format. Tickets are available from the Box Office at 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.

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