• ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE
2016-2017 | SEASON 25

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THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS

MAY 5 6 12 13 14 19 20 21 | FRI & SAT 8PM SUN 2PM

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by JESSIE JONES, NICHOLAS HOPE, JAMIE WOOTEN

directed by CELIA FRANK

COMEDY | Hilarity abounds 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!, an abandoned church-turned-day-spa. By the time the women rally together to overcome their obstacles and launch their new, improved lives, you’ve got a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!”

REVIEWS .
.. the funniest play we have seen so far this year.. If you liked “Golden Girls” and “Designing Women” on television, then you are going to love this show.. The opening night audience and the dual critics laughed long and hard throughout the show, which is filled with one-line wisecracks offset at times with down-home wisdom.. Take a trip and experience the friendship of six women (along with a friendly government employee and a muscled contractor) as they love, laugh, and shine in their roles. | READ FULL ARTICLE
− Dick Kerekes and Leisla Sansom, EU Jacksonville
This delightful southern comedy is warm and entertaining with a marvelous cast and excellent direction by Celia Frank.. Olivia Gowan is captivating as Carlene Travis, demonstrating the right balance of humor, insecurity and passion.. Tracey Gallagher is hilarious as Mavis Flowers.. Rebecca Williams is extremely entertaining as the zany Crystal Hart.. Perfectly portrayed by Karen Garrett, Bunny is wickedly evil.. | READ FULL ARTICLE
− Tamara McClaran, BUZZ
photography by SUSAN ROCHE
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THE CAST .
Olivia Gowan
OLIVIA GOWAN
as Carlene Travis
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Toni Philips
TONI LANG PHILIPS
as Nita Mooney
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Tracey Gallagher
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as Mavis Flowers
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Becky Williams
REBECCA WILLIAMS
as Crystal Hart
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Jen Latka
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as Sugar Lee Thompkins
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Karen Garrett
KAREN GARRETT
as Bunny Sutherland
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BRIAN JOHNSON
as Bobby Dwayne Dillahunt
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Allen Morton
ALLEN MORTON
as Porter Padgett
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PRODUCTION TEAM .

director: CELIA FRANK
stage manager: CATHERINE ESPINOSA
light and sound tech: BETSY TOTTEN DARNELL
set design and decoration: ALLEN MORTON
light and sound design: BRYAN FRANK
costume stylist: AMY TILLOTSON
set construction: BRIAN JOHNSON, MEGANNE MCCAWLEY JOHNSON, ALLEN MORTON, DAVID FLYNN, BRYAN FRANK, GORDON FRANK
poster design: SHEPHERD
web design and social media marketing: CARYL BUTTERLEY
publicity photography: CARYL BUTTERLEY
production photography: SUSAN ROCHE
program: CELIA FRANK, DAGHER PRINTING
opening night reception: AUDREY DEARBORN, THERESA ROOKEY, KEN ROOKEY, WALTER KRUPINSKI, BEV DENEEN, CAROL KALATA, SUSAN CATHCART, KAREN LAHEY

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CELIA FRANK (director) earned a BS in theatre from East Tennessee State University and went on to work in several repertory theatres including Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA and Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC. Celia is finishing her tenth season as ABET’s Managing Artistic Director. She has directed over a dozen productions here, most recently last season’s Black Pearl Sings!

ALLEN MORTON (Porter Padgett) has been seen in Christmas Belles, Memphis, All The Way, and Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge at Players By The Sea; The Champagne Charlie Stakes, A Vampire Reflects, and Love Goes To Press at Theatre Jacksonville; and Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Foreigner, Twigs, Black Comedy, and Pageant in Kentucky and Tennessee. Allen has previously been onstage at ABET in Tuna Does Vegas and The Savannah Disputation.

BRIAN JOHNSON (Ed Bishop) is a retired AF Colonel with 26 years of active duty service. He has previously been onstage at ABET in Blood Brothers and Working. and most recently as Bobby Dwayne Dillahunt in The Hallelujah Girls. He has appeared at Limelight Theatre and Players by the Sea and recently played the role of King Triton in Theatre Jacksonville’s production of The Little Mermaid. Other favorite roles include Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Jesus in Godspell, Frankie in Forever Plaid, Kyle the UPS guy in Legally Blonde, and Roger DeBris in The Producers.

KAREN GARRETT (Bunny Sutherland) has been with ABET since its inception this is her 19th production with the theatre! Previous roles include Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Esme in Amy’s View, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, Serefina della Rose in The Rose Tattoo, Lizzie Bordon in After the Murders, and Maria Callas in Master Class. In addition to extensive theater credits, Karen has performed in over 350 professional video, film, and voice productions.

JENNIFER LATKA (Sugar Lee Thompkins) has a Master’s Degree in Arts Education and attended Ohio University and Flagler College, She was last seen at Flagler Playhouse in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. Other roles include Elizabeth in Laundry Bourbon and The Christians at the Limelight Theatre. She is also an award-winning playwright and her original plays have been performed around the first coast and in Orlando. Jennifer’s previous work at ABET includes Bay at the Moon, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

REBECCA WILLIAMS (Crystal Hart) has taken on many roles through the years with ABET, including directing (The Foreigner, Social Security, Home Games), acting (Gillian in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, Kate in Sylvia, Monica Breedlove in The Bad Seed), choreography (The Fantasticks, Once Upon a Mattress), portrait painting and artwork (Harvey, Social Security, Celebration) and serving on the board.

TRACEY GALLAGHER (Mavis Flowers). Previous performances include The Christians at Limelight and 5th of July at Players By The Sea. Tracey directed The Miss Firecracker Contest at Limelight, and Sylvia here at ABET.

TONI LANG PHILIPS (Nita Mooney). Prior performances include Cotton Alley, A Lesson Before Dying, In the Blood, and Dividing the Estate at Players By the Sea; and Good People and Loveisloveislove with Live Ink Theatre. She is also a regular on Swamp Radio. Previously Toni has been on ABET’s stage in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and Once On This Island.

OLIVIA GOWAN (Carlene Travis). Favorite roles include Ivy in August Osage County, Jessie Mae in Trip to Bountiful, Odessa in Water by the Spoonful, and Talthybius in Trojan Women, all at Players By The Sea. Olivia is also a playwright and last season her play, Cotton Alley, was produced at Players By The Sea. Olivia returns to ABET’s stage after having played the role of Alex in last season’s production of On The Verge.