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Steel Magnolias

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by Robert Harling

May 28-Oct 10, 2004

The heartwarming, dramatic comedy about hair spray and six close-knit Southern women whose lives are tinged with love, zany episodes, hilarity, poignancy and loss.

Welcome to Truvy's Beauty Salon and "Steel Magnolias." Truvy's is the unofficial hub of this small Louisiana town, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done, renew friendships, find camaraderie and "dish the dirt". The play explores the characters' enduring relationships, their sense of community, hopes and joys, hilarious repartee and their moving ability to cope with challenges in life.

The story revolves around Truvy, the brash, wisecracking proprietress who dispenses shampoos and free advice ("He doesn't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt."); Annelle, her eager new assistant, who is not sure whether or not she is still married; Miss Clairee, the town's former First Lady with a worldly point of view; and Ouiser, the town's irascible curmudgeon ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years!"). At the heart of the story is the relationship between M'Lynn, a pillar of small town society, and Shelby, her strong-willed daughter, who is about to marry a good ole boy and strike out on her own.

In the end, the "Steel Magnolias" of the title are suffused with an underlying strength and love, which make these people truly touching, funny and marvelously good company in the best times and bad.

A first play by Robert Harling which met with immediate and popular acclaim, it is an autobiographical story based on his mother and sister, and is not so much "written" as "remembered." A phenomenally successful movie was made starring many of Hollywood's leading ladies.

Our cast features Pat Van Rhyn as Ouiser, Gloria Freytag as Clairee, Rae Stone as M'Lynn, Diane Steele as Truvy, Suzy Rhoades as Shelby and Kim Maston as Annelle. The Director is Anita Schwaber. The Assistant Director/Stage Manager is Sharon Woodside-Hanish. Regular playgoers know Pat Van Rhyn and Gloria Freytag as leading lights of the Pewter Plough stage, having starred in many of our most prominent productions. Diane Steele has appeared in several prior PPP shows and Kim Maston has been involved in our Readers' Theatre series. Rae Stone and Suzy Rhoades are new to the PPP stage, both bringing a background of stage experience to their roles.