Community Players presents ‘Steel Magnolias’ Oct. 28 – Nov. 6

Pictured, back row, from left, are Steel Magnolias cast members Leasa Barclay as M'Lynn Eatonton, Patti Muma-Cook as Truvy Jones, Rachel Brewer as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto. Seated: Julia Gwyn as Shelby Eatonton-Latcherie, LauraJean McCann as Ouiser Boudreaux, and Aviva Kay as Clairee Belcher.
Pictured, back row, from left, are Steel Magnolias cast members Leasa Barclay as M’Lynn Eatonton, Patti Muma-Cook as Truvy Jones, Rachel Brewer as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto. Seated: Julia Gwyn as Shelby Eatonton-Latcherie, LauraJean McCann as Ouiser Boudreaux, and Aviva Kay as Clairee Belcher.

The St. Marys Community Players and Director Rob Coles present Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” the funniest show that will make you cry, beginning Friday, Oct. 28, and running through Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Town Hall Theatre.

Steel Magnolias is a momentous and challenging ensemble piece. A 1987 off-Broadway hit and star-studded, Oscar-nominated film, Steel Magnolias is about the funny, prickly, devoted relationships between six vibrant – and very different – women. Set in a beauty parlour in rural Louisiana, Steel Magnolias invites audiences to eavesdrop on small town gossip, playful bickering, and the doling out of alternately sassy and heartfelt advice. Filled with tart, witty dialogue, the play’s journey through the unending cycle of birth and death illuminates both the profound tenderness and unbending strength of these flowery yet nail-tough friends.

“Steel Magnolias is a reflection of real life,” said co-producer Gretchen Rozek. “A line in the show is, ‘Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion,’ and it’s a perfect description of how the audience will feel at the end of the show. Bring some Kleenex.”

Each member of this tight-knit ensemble is a master of her own stage skills, bringing a rich background and theatre experience to their role, including: Patti Muma-Cook as Truvy Jones; Julia Gwyn as Shelby Eatonton-Latcherie; LauraJean McCann as Ouiser Boudreaux; Aviva Kay as Clairee Belcher; Leasa Barclay as M’Lynn Eatonton and Rachel Brewer as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto.

Author Robert Harling wrote “Steel Magnolias” as a short story about his younger sister, Susan, and her death due to diabetes. He adapted the short story into a play in 1987, then adapted the screenplay for the film version, which was produced in 1989 and featured a star-studded cast.

Tickets are on sale now at The Flower Shop and More by phone or in-person at 519-284-2013 or visit StmarysCommunityPlayers.ca to purchase tickets online or for more information about Steel Magnolias, tickets and our meal packages.

Steel Magnolias runs at the St. Marys Town Hall Theatre with a preview performance Thursday, Oct. 27 and opens Friday, Oct. 28 with curtain at 8:00 pm. Matinee show dates include Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 pm. Performances continue Thursday, Nov. 3, Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8:00 pm with the final show, a matinee, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:00 pm. General admission tickets are $20.00 each except for the preview performance, with tickets at $15.00 each. Wheelchair accessible.

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