|Written by Robert Harling|
by Maura Buckley Troiano
Produced by Steve Loring
|Performances in the Auditorium
of the |
Kingston Intermediate School
April 5, 6, 12, 13, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.
|Rehearsal Photos: #1 Miscellaneous #2 More... #3 With Captions|
The close-knit women at Truvy's Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin La., have lots of time to gossip.
Their husbands - - absent, depressed, or dead - - have made sure of that. Consequently, visitors to the salon get more than
a wash and cut.
The wise-cracking Truvy, with the help of her new glamour technician Annelle, dispenses shampoo
with liberal doses of free advice and gossip to the town's curmedgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee,
and the local town social worker, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is on the verge of marriage.
hilarious and touching, the play focuses on the comaderie of these six Southern women who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle
and harangue each other through the best of times - - and cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. They're
soul mates in a rarefied way that assumes a cult of femininity - - sisters come hell and high water. Pushing laughter and
pain together, Steel Magnolias pulls tears from even the most cynical eyes.
The women at Truvy's beauty parlour
are the steel magnolias of the title: Southern belles, flowery on the outside, but strong enough inside to survive any challenge,
many of which are presented through the course of the narrative.
Robert Harling's play began as a short story about the
death of his diabetic sister following childbirth, before it evolved into a play. Harling was a model and an actor at the
time. The off-Broadway WPA Theatre first produced the work, before, following revisions by Harling, it moved to Broadway,
opening June 19, 1987, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and running for 1,126 performances. Kyle Renick produced and Pamela
Berlin directed. Steel Magnolias made its way to the big screen in 1989, featuring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine,
Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The film version expanded the story to include the men who are only alluded
to in the stage version.
|Cast & Production Staff |
|Truvy Jones||Stephanie Gallagher|
|Annelle Dupuy-Desoto||Sara Zifcak|
|Shelby Eatenton||Sims McCormick|
|Ouiser Boudreaux||Theresa Chiasson|
|Assistant Director||Marguerite Copel|
|Assistant Producer||Lisa Driscoll|
|Costume Coordinator||Cheryl Keyes|
Sisler & Andrea Doty|
|Set Designer||Ross Troiano|
|Set Crew||Ricki Bowser|
|Lighting & Sound Design||Dan Gallagher|