Quote of the Day: Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion. Truvy, in the tender comedy, Steel Magnolias
The quote pretty much sums up what it’s like to watch this play. These six women create a delightful cast, as we watch their stories unfold, as it can only be told amidst up-dos, manicures, comb-outs and cuts at the beauty shop. A salon like Truvy’s is much more than a place to get your hair done. It’s a place where you come together and share snippets of your life. I felt like I had my own cup of coffee in hand and was waiting for my turn in the chair. Being Southern ladies, they are full of color and spunk. They’re not afraid to say what’s on their minds, argue a little, gossip a lot, and run to each other’s aid when necessary. The witty banter keeps you chuckling. The real life situations, pain, and drama bring a tear to your eye. No one is exempt from the heartaches of this world, but with a few close friends by your side, and a good hair do, you’ll make it through.
The cast includes Bri Keran as M’Lynn, Nicole Rothleutner as Shelby, Stephanie White Kloss as Truvy, Barb McColgan as Clairee, Deb Binda as Ouiser, and Margaret Thompson as Annelle. The production is directed by Patrick Spradlin. Set design is by Tim Leagjeld, with costuming by Dawn Marks and sound and lighting by Ben Kent. Sarah Broton is the production manager, and Marc Oliphant is stage manager. They were all marvelous in their roles, bringing life and heart to this story, based on the playwright Robert Harling’s own life.
You can see Steel Magnolias at Central Lakes College, Chalberg Theatre, in Brainerd, MN tonight, Saturday, July 18, 7:30, or next week, July 23-25. Call the box office, 218-855-8199 for tickets, visit their website, or come early and buy your tickets at the door. Seating is general admission. This is a well-loved show with many memorable lines and characters. Come out and support your local theatre! To read more about the play, see this article.
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