Hello, Dolly!

Cullman Community Theatre returns with classic Broadway production

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CULLMAN, Ala. – After the 2020 hiatus, Cullman Community Theatre returns later this month with a production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway classic “Hello, Dolly!”  

Licensing agency Concord Theatricals said that the show “bursts with humor, romance, energetic dance and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and ‘woman who arranges things,’ are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again. The show’s unforgettable songs include ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes,’ ‘Ribbons Down My Back,’ ‘Before the Parade Passes By,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ ‘Elegance’ and ‘It Only Takes a Moment.’” 

Cullman Community Theatre production director Noah Carpenter told The Tribune, “This is, number one, our best cast we’ve ever had — for community theater, especially — the biggest cast we’ve ever had. And I would hazard to say that we are far beyond where we’ve ever been at this point. We’re running through this thing like wildfire. And it just goes to show how excited everybody is to be back onstage, to be back with the community theater. 

“We would normally start full run-throughs next week, the week before the show, and we’ve started full run-throughs already this week. So we are doing incredibly well.  

“A lot of that also has to do with East Elementary. They’ve allowed us to use their facility, which has given us a little more room to spread out, and we’ve been able to work on a lot more at a time where, in the past, each night was kind of focused on one scene or one set of scenes. We can split up–we can do this scene’s music, this scene’s choreography, this scene’s blocking. We can work on anywhere from three to six scenes a night since we’ve had that space to utilize in this show. So it’s been a huge help, to help get us ready for what is normally an 8-12 week production process, for us doing it in six weeks.” 

Creative team  

Director/Creative Director: Wayne Cook  

Assistant Director: Nick Shabel  

Production Director: Noah Carpenter  

Music Director: Cindy Pass  

Choreographer: Sarah Jane Skinner  

Stage Manager: Linda Foley  

Lead Cast  

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi: Kim Trelles  

Ernestina Money: Sarah Glover  

Ermengarde: Mary Claire Paige  

Ambrose Kemper: Levi Stricklin  

Horace Vandgelder: Rodney Basenburg  

Mrs. Irene Molloy: Paige Clabo, Understudy Misty Waldrop  

Cornelius Hackl: Nick Shabel, Understudy Sam Jones  

Miss Minnie Fay: Laci New, Understudy Reagan Martin  

Barnaby Tucker: Graham Waldrop  

Mrs. Rose: Misty Walldrop  

Rudolph Reisenweber: Justin Weygand, Understudy Grant Holland  

Judge: Brent Smith  

Clerk: Sam Jones  

Chorus/Ensemble  

Lily Abbott, Rodney Basenburg, Dayton Brunetti, Dee Brunetti, Rebecca Calear, Lauren Chapin, Paige Clabo, Ashley David, Aubrey Duncan, Ava Fales, Lana Gibson, Lillian Glover, Sarah Glover, Tori Glover, Laura Harris, Justin Helms, Lily Helms, Bailee Henderson, Grant Holland, Debbie Johnston, Mckenzie Jones, Sam Jones, Logan Key, Vickie Kicks, Reagan Martin, Laci New, Macey Orr, Mary Claire Paige, Cashe Seekers, Nick Shabel, Amy Smith, Brent Smith, Karen Smith, Willa Smith, Crystal Stone, Levi Stricklin, Kim Trelles, Slade Turbyfield, Graham Waldrop, Misty Waldrop, Abby West, Justin Weygand, Aiden Wisener 

At a glance 

Cullman Community Theatre’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” 

July 16-18, 2021 at the Cullman High School Auditorium 

July 16 at 7 p.m. 

July 17 matinee at 2 p.m., evening at 7 p.m. 

July 18 at 2 p.m. 

Online ticket presales will begin next week. For more information and a link to the ticket site, visit https://www.facebook.com/Cullman-Community-Theater-1783955535053828 or https://www.facebook.com/cullmanparksrec.  

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