Back in 2009, the newly-established Red Curtain Foundation presented the Robert Harling masterpiece, "Steel Magnolias" at the Historic Everett Theatre. As we begin our 10th season of live theatre, it seemed like a great time to visit the ladies at Truvy's Salon again.
In the fictional northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin sits Truvy's in-home beauty parlor, where local women regularly gather. The play covers events over three years of five lifelong residents of the parish, Truvy, M'Lynn, Shelby, Ouiser, and Clairee, and a newcomer, Annelle. The women face hardships and joy together, including Shelby's decision to have a child despite the complications that could result, Clairee's friendship with the curmudgeon Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer to a good-time girl then repentant revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying strength of the women's bonds is the glue that ties it all together.
"Steel Magnolias" runs for 3 weekends, September 6-22, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, students and military personnel. Season ticket packages are still available for purchase through the run of the show. Tickets are available online, or by calling (360) 322-7402.
"Steel Magnolias" is directed by Diane Johnston, and features a dynamic cast of six women:
Jenny Price as Truvy
Marli Bartness as M'Lynn
Laura McFarlane as Shelby
Lydia O'Day as Annelle
Dawn Cornell as Ouiser
Mary Kay Voss as Clairee