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The Spring 2017 Production

 

Directed By Michael Barrett

Comedy/Drama

Production dates:
Friday and Saturday, May 12-13
Thursday - Sunday, May 18-21, 2017

The Cast
     
 

Tanya Barton
"Shelby"

 

Whitley Ciszewski
"Truvy"

 

Bethany Peckham
"M'Lynn"

     

Shannon Barrett
"Annelle"

  Jody Steinke
"Clairee"
 

Lucy Runnells
"Ouiser"

 
 
 

Michael Barrett
Director


Deb Ciszewski
Stage Manager
 

 
 

THE STORY: 
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.

A first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

 

 
   
 
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