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Steel Magnolias - logo by Ron RobertsSteel Magnolias
by Robert Harling

September 6-28, 1991
Directed by Rhonda Clark

Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a smalltown 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.

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.

- Dramatists Play Service

 THE CAST    

Clockwise: Julia Self, Kitty King, Phala Crownover, Regina Brinlee, and Doobie Potter in STEEL MAGNOLIAS

 

Truvy Jones

  Doobie Potter
Annelle Dupuy-DeSoto   Regina Brinlee
Clairee Belcher   Phala Crownover
Shelby   Julia Self
M'Lynn Eatonton   Kitty King
Oiuser Boudreaux   Ginger Pugh
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Rhonda Clark
Set Design   Jim Osterlund
Lighting Desing   Richard Charnay
Stage Manager   Bob Cross
Asst. Stage Mgr.   Mona Cross
Tech. Director   Skip Bachman
Sound Tech.   Lloyd Bates
Running Crew   Susan Logan
Mary Sine
Connie Dillard
Roger LeFoll
Set Painting   Gary Thomas
Jim Osterlund
Rhonda Clark
Poster/Cover Art   Ron Roberts
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Precor Realty Advisors, Inc. - Renee and Nick Preftakes - Nacy West - Vikki Simer - Jef Fontana - David Shuler - Polly Cox - Kate Leader - Carol & Mark Goodwin - Ron Roberts - Jack Henderson - Joe Angel - Gale Wilson - Michelle DeLong - Laurel Van Horn - Ricki Maslar - Paula Click - Gary Thomas - Steve Vann - Ron O'Neil - Gary Rafferty - Willmann's Furriers - Sterlings Produce at Farmer's Market - Ken Young of Hotheads and Paul's Beauty College - Donna Lusk of Donna Lyn's Coiffures - Lee's Beauty Salon - Andrew Clay at Hi Fashion Wigs - Rita Fox at Nail Artistry, Etc. - Gary Friend at My Sister's Scissors - Kathy Mayfield at Heads, Inc. - Sheryl Roden Hair Design - Michael & Jerry Johnson at Sooner Beauty Supply - Brett Berry at State Beauty Supply of Midwest City - Larry Barrett at Hair Art Salon - Vonna & Nancy at Nancy's Beauty Salon - Richard Corner's Soundwerks - Jeanie West-Smith at Nail & Hair Specialists - Eric Easter at Evans Home Furnishings Mall - Joann Fullerton Modeling and Casting Agency - Soni & Mike Spears at State Beauty Supply of Edmond - Mirrors Image


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