Steel Magnolias (An interactive play reading with a multi-media twist) by Robert Harlig - Directed by Moe Harrington!

Show Synopsis:


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.

Character Descriptions:

Truvy Jones – to play 35 ‐45 ‐ Owns the beauty shop. Vivacious. Dispenses advice with lots of hairspray. 

Annelle Dupup‐Desoto ‐ to play 18 ‐ 24 ‐ Newly hired assistant. Moves from unsure to wild to religious. 

Clairee Belcher ‐ to play 55 to late 60’s ‐ Widow of former mayor. Grand dame. Elegant, sophisticated, a true beauty. 

Shelby Eatenton‐Latcherie – to play 19 ‐ Prettiest girl in town. Loves pink. Strong willed, passionate. 

M'Lynn Eatenton ‐ to play 40 to 50’s ‐ Shelby's mother. Always knows what’s best, strong, stubborn, the heart of the piece. 

Ouiser (pronounced Weezer) 

Boudreaux ‐ to play55 to late 60’s ‐ Wealthy curmudgeon. Tough, Eccentric character.  

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