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Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling

Directed by John Dalton

November 30, December 1 & 2, 2001

Presented at Southwestern's Messenger Auditorium

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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.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.

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Truvy JonesLori Pemquite
Annelle DuPuyAmanda Krueger
Clairee BelcherMelody Krueger
ShelbyCindy Venn
M'Lynn EatentonMary Dolan
Ouiser BKathy Gann
Voice of KPPDMarty Mutti

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DirectorJohn Dalton
Stage ManagerNancy Jarvis
Production & House ManagerJulia Lambert
CostumesThe Cast
Make-upAmanda Krueger
SetThe Cast, Fred Lodwick, Mark Dunbar, Donald Dunbar, Terry Krueger, Roger McGinnis, Nancy McGinnis, Mike Venn, Larry Gann
Lights and SoundMatt Reed
PublicityJohn Dalton, Jane Lamb
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