Steel Magnolias will be April 27 and 28 at 7:00PM in the Winnetonka Arena Theatre. Admission is $5.00.
THE STORY: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.
Truvy – Kennedi Walker
Truvy Understudy – Katie Marshall
M’Lynn – Taylor Smith
M’Lynn Understudy – Erica Burnett
Shelby – Riley Neighbors/Kylee Zerbe
Shelby Understudy – Madison Mayes
Ouiser – Jessica Olive
Ouiser Understudy – Julia Madison
Clairee – Zoë Goss/Emma Evans
Annelle – Abbie McQuire
Annelle Understudy – Helen Adair
Production Management Team
Student Director/Props– Randall Jackson
Technical Director – Danielle Dodd
Stage Manager – Landon Dowell
Costumes – Taylor Smith/Emma Evans
Hair and Make-Up – Kali Holman