Steel Magnolias

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.

Cast/Characters

Truvy Jones – Dee Gillig

Annelle Dupey-Desoto – Sarah Ann Durdin

Clairee Belcher – Jean Deltgen Enking

ShelbyEatenton-Larchrie – Michelle Skelton

M’Lynn Eatenton – Judy A. Schmidt

Ouiser Boudreaux – Lynn Rybicki

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Set Design: Marty Kooi

Stage Manager: Peter Moody

Costume Design: Chris Barzone

Light Design: Deb Krause

Master Electrician: Scott A. Heck

Sound Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Mary Jane Krause

Set Dresser: Terrie Starich

Make-Up Design: Beth E. Tengowski

Hair Consultant: Sandy Kuranz

Master Carpenter: Dave Krause

Paint Master: Linda Berger

Cover Art: Bev Nowicki