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Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling
Directed by Al Edick
March 16,18, 23-25,30,31, April 1, 2012

Cast

Truvy.................................. Terri Upton
Annelle.................................Elly Leidner
Clairee..................................Nita Porter
Shelby..................................Candice Brown
M’Lynn..................................Lyn O’Hare
Ouiser...................................Carol Hamann





Synopsis

Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done, compare menfolk, laugh, cry, and bond with each other. Helped by her eager new assistant (Annelle), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to an eccentric millionaire with a raging sweet tooth (Clairee); the rich town grouch (Ouiser); and the local social leader (M’Lynn), whose pretty daughter (Shelby) is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and quite a few revealing, verbal collisions, the play invokes much laughter--and certain tears as spunky Shelby desperately tries to have a child. Filled with humor and heartbreak, these uniquely American women make us laugh and cry as the realities of their lives in tiny Chinquapin Parish unfold. Though Southern belles seemingly delicate as magnolias, they’re tough as steel. Based on events and characters in his real life, the tale was first written by Robert Harling as a short story for self-therapeutic purposes. The subsequent full-length play opened to immediate critical and popular acclaim. Its over 1200 New York performances led to professional productions in the UK, Japan, and Sweden; and spawned a film adaptation that won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture in 1990.