The Hingham Civic Music Theater is presenting ‘The Annulment’, a brand new show, for its next production on August 23-24.

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August 7, 2019 by Roy Harris

Following a string of classic hits like “Sweet Charity,” “Cabaret” and “Annie,” the Hingham Civic Music Theater on August 23-24 will host the audience’s premiere of “The Annulment,” by the talented South Shore playwright and songwriter. , Sheila. C. Kelleher.

Kelleher’s song-filled production follows three young couples as they struggle to keep their relationships healthy, while keeping up with the hectic pace of raising children. In the lead roles of Celia and Tony, “The Annulment” stars Charlie McKitrick of Norwell and Carole Shannon of Quincy, who was last seen by HCMT audiences as Beauty in “Beauty and the Beast. “from 2016.

The new musical, described as “a comedy with poignant moments,” follows a devout Catholic couple considering the annulment of their 18-year marriage and examines their interaction with two pairs of married friends. Sabrina and Jeff, who married his first girlfriend, don’t understand what a marital difficulty is. They are played by Deanna Lohnes of Plymouth and Brian Hurley of Weymouth. Meanwhile, Nadine and Dave’s third freewheeling duo are played by Paulie Devlin of Brockton and James Swindler of Yarmouthport. Stephen Doherty of Whitman is the three couples’ golf neighbor.

The musical director of “The Annulment” is John Ferguson, with choreography by Cat Umano. Pat Sherman produces, with Nathan Fogg as set designer and Elise Thomas as stage manager.

Among the brand new songs are Celia’s ballads “When I Used to Sing” and “What We Missed” and “I’m Doing Everything Right” by Tony. There’s also a back-and-forth comic number, “Religious Misdirection,” between Celia and her priest.

Kelleher, who also runs the production, lives in Plymouth and is currently President of the Plymouth Community Theater. She has performed in numerous South Shore productions over the years and is particularly fond of Hingham Civic shows. She also holds an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College.

“The Annulment” plays at HCMT’s Sanborn Auditorium House at Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central St. Tickets are $ 25 and $ 20 for seniors and teens, with seats priced at $ 18 each. for groups of 10. Tickets and information are available at http: / /hcmtannulment.bpt.me, or by calling 781-749-3400.


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