4/8/2011 - Drama students to present 'Steel Magnolias'
The Judson College drama production class will present the popular Broadway play, "Steel Magnolias," on April 8-10 in Alumnae Auditorium.
Judson Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Billie Jean Young, will direct.
Richard Harling's play is perhaps best-known for its 1989 film adaptation starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah. The film garnered Roberts an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
A tragi-comedy, the play is set in a beauty salon owned by Truvy, a wisecracking, Louisiana hairdresser whose customers enjoy getting their hair done in her shop as much for the fun and fellowship as for the expertise. On the morning the show opens, Truvy hires a an assistant, Annelle, who is new in town, and is living in a rented room after her new husband abandoned her and took off in the car with her clothes in it leaving her penniless.
A local socialite, M'Lynn is a loving woman who wants only the best for her daughter, Shelby, "the prettiest girl in town," who is about to marry a good ol' boy.
The sharp-tongued, witty, Miss Clairee is the widow of the town's former mayor. She has a rare sense of humor as well a sweet tooth and all of her friends look forward to her cakes and pies at social and other community events.
Ouiser, who has a heart, in spite of having "been in a bad mood for forty years," is a wealthy sourpuss with a biting sense of humor and a dog named Rhett, who is her constant, lone companion.
The play's themes - friendship among women across age lines and time and women's health and sacrifice - are ably presented by a six-woman cast that is a combination of seasoned actresses and newer ones: Jana Propst is M'Lynn and Katherine Hosmun portrays Clairee. Karima Fowlkes is Ouiser. Kaylee Crenshaw is Shelby, Autumn Byrd is Annelle, and Carmen Stewart is Truvy.
The lone male - a DJ offstage - is portrayed by Judson criminal justice professor Dr. John Weber.
Shows on Friday and Saturday will be at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5.00 for general admission. The show is performed with one ten-minute intermission. For more information, contact the Judson music department at 334.683.5149.
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.