ACT warming up winter with comedy

Alpena Civic Theatre invites the public to warm up the winter with a visit to their newest production, “The Hallelujah Girls.”

A comedy about true friendship among a group of women who have experienced life, the show features witty exchanges relatable to everyone in all walks of life. Playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten have set the action in modern day, small town Georgia.

The show reminds the audience that life is about finding happiness and not putting it on hold. 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 Hallelujah Girls” includes six female roles played by Jackie Herbert, Rosina Phillips, Donna Roussin, Carol Rundel, Mary Jo Skiba and Thelma Stevens. Joining them on stage in the final two male roles of the show are Chip Lavely and Dennis Szatkowski.

“We’ve got all professional actors who really become the characters,” said Director Grace Morrison. “It will be a lot of laughs. The show is meant to just be funny.”

Other key production team members are Donna Mullen as assistant director, Jackie Grulke as stage manager and Jim Phillips in a variety of behind-the-scenes capacities.

“The Hallelujah Girls” will be performed Jan. 10-13 and Jan. 17-20 with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call the ACT box office at 354-2267.