Time: March 18, 2012 from 2pm to 4:30pm
Location: Gateway Players Theatre
Street: 111 Main Street
City/Town: Southbridge, MA 01550
Website or Map: http://www.gatewayplayers.org/
Event Type: community, theater
Organized By: David Corkum
Latest Activity: Feb 16, 2012
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling.
Performances are on March 9, 10, 16, & 17th at 7:30pm, and on March 18th at 2:00pm. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and youth under 18 years of age. The is a $2 discount for tickets purchased prior to March 8th. For tickets please call 508-764-4531.
Directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum and Produced by Kathi Grenier. Featuring Lynn Boucher, Nicole Fiorentino, Simone Germain, Patti Hughes, Joni Metras, and Amy Parmenter. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc
THE STORY: 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.