Past Shows - Steel Magnolias
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Written by Robert Harling

Directed by Maura Buckley Troiano
Produced by Steve Loring
Performances in the Auditorium of the
Kingston Intermediate School
April 5, 6, 12, 13, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.
Rehearsal Photos:   #1 Miscellaneous   #2 More...   #3 With Captions

The close-knit women at Truvy's Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin La., have lots of time to gossip. Their husbands - - absent, depressed, or dead - - have made sure of that. Consequently, visitors to the salon get more than a wash and cut.

The wise-cracking Truvy, with the help of her new glamour technician Annelle, dispenses shampoo with liberal doses of free advice and gossip to the town's curmedgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, and the local town social worker, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is on the verge of marriage.

Alternately hilarious and touching, the play focuses on the comaderie of these six Southern women who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times - - and cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. They're soul mates in a rarefied way that assumes a cult of femininity - - sisters come hell and high water. Pushing laughter and pain together, Steel Magnolias pulls tears from even the most cynical eyes.

The women at Truvy's beauty parlour are the steel magnolias of the title: Southern belles, flowery on the outside, but strong enough inside to survive any challenge, many of which are presented through the course of the narrative.

Robert Harling's play began as a short story about the death of his diabetic sister following childbirth, before it evolved into a play. Harling was a model and an actor at the time. The off-Broadway WPA Theatre first produced the work, before, following revisions by Harling, it moved to Broadway, opening June 19, 1987, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and running for 1,126 performances. Kyle Renick produced and Pamela Berlin directed. Steel Magnolias made its way to the big screen in 1989, featuring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The film version expanded the story to include the men who are only alluded to in the stage version.
Cast & Production Staff
Truvy JonesStephanie Gallagher
Annelle Dupuy-DesotoSara Zifcak
Clairee BelcherSunny Steadman
Shelby EatentonSims McCormick
M'Lynn EatentonCindy Capra
Ouiser BoudreauxTheresa Chiasson
DJ Voice-overRic Bailey
DirectorMaura Troiano
Assistant DirectorMarguerite Copel
ProducerSteve Loring
Assistant ProducerLisa Driscoll
Stage ManagerRichard Knox
Costume CoordinatorCheryl Keyes
Property ManagersAnita Sisler & Andrea Doty
Set DesignerRoss Troiano
Set DecorationBernie Noyes
Set CrewRicki Bowser
Lighting & Sound DesignDan Gallagher
PlaybillChris Bailey