Steel Magnolias

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It`s been 30 years since Steel Magnolias, the play that inspired the iconic film in 1989 (starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Darryl Hannah and a young Julia Roberts) by the same name, opened off-Broadway. The story is based on the personal experiences of the playwright, Robert Harling, who grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with two younger siblings. He wrote the play after his sister, Susan, died from complications of Type 1 diabetes. The story is about the bond a group of women share in a small-town Southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own. Hilarious and touching this play for 6 women is set in a beauty salon, Truvy`s hairdressing salon. Clairee, Ouiser and M`Lynn make up the regulars. Shelby, M`Lynn`s daughter (it is her wedding day at the start of the play) and Annelle, the new, eager, inexperienced assistant, engage in small-town gossip, running the gamut of the birth/marriage/death cycle. It is heartwarming and ultimately about support and the bonds of friendship. The cast, in order of appearance are, Helen Flax as Truvy the owner of the beauty salon, Gemma Alicia Barnard as Annelle, the newcomer with a "past", Yolande Farrow as Clairee, the one-time mayors wife, Kasvia von Memerty as Shelby, the bride to be, Vanessa Smith as M`Lynn, Shelby`s mother, the irascible Ouiser played by Robin Williams and directed by Lesley Barnard. Previously staged by Pemads back in 1995 when Lesley Barnard played Truvy.

Robin Williams, Yolande Farrow, Helen Flax, Vanessa Smith, Kasvia von Memerty, Gemma Barnard

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It`s been 30 years since Steel Magnolias, the play that inspired the iconic film in 1989 (starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Darryl Hannah and a young Julia Roberts) by the same name, opened off-Broadway. The story is based on the personal experiences of the playwright, Robert Harling, who grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with two younger siblings. He wrote the play after his sister, Susan, died from complications of Type 1 diabetes. The story is about the bond a group of women share in a small-town Southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own. Hilarious and touching this play for 6 women is set in a beauty salon, Truvy`s hairdressing salon. Clairee, Ouiser and M`Lynn make up the regulars. Shelby, M`Lynn`s daughter (it is her wedding day at the start of the play) and Annelle, the new, eager, inexperienced assistant, engage in small-town gossip, running the gamut of the birth/marriage/death cycle. It is heartwarming and ultimately about support and the bonds of friendship. The cast, in order of appearance are, Helen Flax as Truvy the owner of the beauty salon, Gemma Alicia Barnard as Annelle, the newcomer with a "past", Yolande Farrow as Clairee, the one-time mayors wife, Kasvia von Memerty as Shelby, the bride to be, Vanessa Smith as M`Lynn, Shelby`s mother, the irascible Ouiser played by Robin Williams and directed by Lesley Barnard. Previously staged by Pemads back in 1995 when Lesley Barnard played Truvy.

Robin Williams, Yolande Farrow, Helen Flax, Vanessa Smith, Kasvia von Memerty, Gemma Barnard

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