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The Proscenium Players will present Robert Harling's play, Steel Magnolias
, August 17-26 at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV. Steel Magnolias
will be directed by Abbey Gardner and co-produced by Melissa Knight and Dianna Lightfeather. Show dates are August 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30pm. There will be two matinee performances on August 19 and 26 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $12.00 for PPI Members, BAC Members, Students, and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at http://breweryarts.org
or by calling the Brewery Arts Center at (775) 883-1976. All performances will be held at the Brewery Arts Center’s Maizie Harris Jesse Theater at 449 West King Street in Carson City.
Although best known for its movie version starring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, the 1987 stage play is still popular and has frequent productions mounted throughout the United States. All of the action of the play takes place on one set—Truvy's beauty salon (which is part of her house). There are six characters (all female) that appear on stage. There is the voice of a DJ on the radio that is heard during the play. All the other characters (like the male characters) that appear in the film version are only referred to in the dialogue.
Steel Magnolias is a story of the friendship of six southern women who share their secrets and a spritz of gossip and throw themselves open to each other. Every event in their lives, from the mundane to the essential, is faced with grace, strength and perfectly done hair. In the face of tragedy, they turn to Truvy's hair salon and each other for solace and support. Steel Magnolias is a celebration of love, loyalty, strength and the bonds of sisterhood. Local actors Genevive Christie, Marti Creveling, Mary-Margaret Dale, Sharon Dummar, Annikki Larsson, and Beth Petersen make up this amazing cast.
Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. It was written by Robert Harling, based on his experience with the death of his sister. The title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but...as tough as steel". The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about at the beginning. The action centers on Truvy's beauty parlour and the women who regularly gather there. The story begins on the morning of Shelby's wedding to Jackson and covers events over the next three years, including Shelby's decision to have a child despite having Type 1 diabetes and the complications that result from the decision. There is also a glimpse of the unlikely friendship between Clairee and Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl and then to a revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama.
On opening night of Steel Magnolias, August 17, following the show, the cast and crew will host an Opening Night Party. The party will also be at the Brewery Arts Center. Such treats from the play such as a red armadillo cake and cuppa, cuppa, cuppa will be served. Although admission to the party is free with a purchased ticket to the play, reservations are required so we may plan accordingly—please e-mail co-producer, Dianna Lightfeather at email@example.com
. We hope you can join us for both the play and the party!
- Truvy Jones-(late 30s—50s) Wise-cracking owner of the beauty shop
- Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (late teens—20s) Truvy’s simple, yet enigmatic, assistant
- Clairee Belcher-(mid 40s—70s) Widow of the former mayor, a wealthy Grande Dame
- Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (20s) Sweet, smart and stubbornly independent
- M’Lynn Eatenton-(mid 40s—early 60s) Shelby’s mother, a socially prominent career woman
- Ouiser ("Weezer") Boudreaux (mid 50s—80s)-A wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable.
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