Curtains rise in Cherokee - Couple’s theater production company will help bring original works to stage
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Ann Burgess (May), Lisa Finlayson (Justine), Cheryl Lambert (Kendra), Chris Grass (Vickery), Charlotte Dibbles (Violet) will star in ‘Ordinary Time’ by Thomas Rieser at the Canton Theatre for a two-week run. Special to the MDJ.
Ann Burgess (May), Lisa Finlayson (Justine), Cheryl Lambert (Kendra), Chris Grass (Vickery), Charlotte Dibbles (Violet) will star in ‘Ordinary Time’ by Thomas Rieser at the Canton Theatre for a two-week run. Special to the MDJ.
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Cheryl Lambert and Ralph Zaffino have formed Broadway Bound Productions Inc. in Canton and are bringing its first production, the original, southern comedy, “Ordinary Time” by Thomas Rieser to the stage. Special to the MDJ
Cheryl Lambert and Ralph Zaffino have formed Broadway Bound Productions Inc. in Canton and are bringing its first production, the original, southern comedy, “Ordinary Time” by Thomas Rieser to the stage. Special to the MDJ
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CANTON — Husband and wife team Cheryl Lambert and Ralph Zaffino of Canton have started a theater production company that will bring original works to the city, and their first offering is set to take the stage this week.

Broadway Bound Productions Inc. will provide an opportunity for playwrights to have their original plays and musicals produced so that they can be published. Once their plays are published, the playwrights receive royalties when their works are produced.

The first play for the group is the southern comedy, “Ordinary Time,” by Thomas Rieser, which opens Friday at the historic Canton Theatre for a two-week run.

“Ordinary Time” is a family drama about four sisters “of a certain age” who struggle to maintain their relationships with each other. As with most family conflict, there are both tears and laughter. The cast of “Ordinary Time” includes local theater veteran Ann Burgess of Canton who plays “May,” the oldest sister. Lambert plays “Kendra,” the second in line.

Chris Grass of Canton plays “Vickery,” the third sister, and she has been active in the community theater scene during the past few seasons. Making their first stage appearances are Lisa Finlayson of Milton as “Justine,” the youngest sister and Charlotte Dibbles of Canton as “May’s” neighbor Violet.

The play is directed by Zaffino. Lambert has acted in plays and musicals, both professionally and in community theater, for many years. She has directed a variety of plays and musicals and has choreographed musicals for high schools and community theater.

In addition, Lambert has worked as a television director for 30 years. Zaffino, who recently retired from a career in the public school system, has directed high school plays and musicals for over 30 years. He has also acted in and directed community theater productions for over 40 years. Lambert and Zaffino met when Ralph was directing the musical, “Oliver” and cast Lambert.

Their latest venture began when Lambert and Zaffino received two scripts from friends who were seeking to get them published. Wanting to remain active in retirement, producing the plays seemed like the perfect opportunity. “Ordinary Time” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Performances will continue Sept. 4, 6 and 7.

The opening night performance features a champagne reception, as well as an opportunity to meet the author and cast after the performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased from www.broadwayboundproductionsinc.com, by calling (770) 704-0755 and are available at the box office prior to each performance.

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