Hallelujah Girls rehersal Ringgold

The Ringgold Playhouse’s cast of “The Hallelujah Girls” is ready to open its hilarious southern comedy Sept. 13. Top row, from left: David Dunn as “Porter,” Aleatha Plott as “Bunny,” Kitty Reel as “Nita,” and Josh Adler as “Bobby Dwayne”. Sitting, from left: Kimberly Tyner Jones as “Carlene,” Alice Carbaugh as “Crystal,” Kim Jenkins as “Mavis,” and Rebecca Lapp as “Sugar Lee”. / TRP

The Ringgold Playhouse (TRP) looks to close out its 2018 season in style with the hit comedy “The Hallelujah Girls,” which will open a seven-performance run beginning Thursday, Sept. 13.

Following the success of its summer farce, “Rumors,” TRP is bringing southern charm and chaos to the Depot stage with a hilarious tale about a group of women who turn an old abandoned church into a day spa.

“It’s a great show with an amazing cast, and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Director Ronald King. “Hallelujah Girls gives you that sense of high school rivalry and small town dreams.”

King compared the characters and tone of the story to throwback sitcoms with colorful characters.

“This show is ‘Designing Women’ meets ‘SOAP’,” King said. “…and I think I just told my age there with that comment.”

Play synopsis

The story features the feisty females of Eden Falls, Ga., who decide to shake up their lives. The abandoned church-turned-day-spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon is their haven, and 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 right away.

King and stage manager Renee Lierow have been whipping their crew into shape since late July, and King says the actors have a put in a lot of great work to tell this charming story.

“Having spent my whole life in a small Georgia town, it has been very fun watching these characters develop,” King said.

The cast features TRP regulars Kimberly Tyner Jones, Kitty Reel, Kim Jenkins, Aleatha Plott, Josh Adler, and David Dunn, as well as newcomers Alice Carbaugh and Rebecca Lapp, who are making their TRP debuts.

Performances will run Sept. 13-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m., and a special matinee performance will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the production are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Ringgold City Hall, over the phone at 706-935-3061, or online at CityOfRinggoldGa.gov.

“It’s just a great show about life-long friends supporting each other, so we hope people will come see this southern comedy and have some fun in Eden Falls, Ga.,” King said.

“The Hallelujah Girls”

When: Sept. 13-15 & 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. Special matinee performance Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.

Where: The Ringgold Playhouse at the historic Depot, 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga.

Cost: $10 general admission and $8 for seniors/students

Phone: 706-935-3061

Twitter: @RinggPlayhouse