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SCA presents ‘Steel Magnolias’

Actresses at Springville Center for the Arts act out one of their scenes in the beauty parlor during a rehearsal of “Steel Magnolias.”

SPRINGVILLE—Springville Center for the Arts will be continuing their theater season with the funny and emotional performance of “Steel Magnolias.” SCA will be presenting “Steel Magnolias” at the Carol Mongerson Theater, 37 N. Buffalo St. in Springville, on May 11,12,13,19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and May 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

The show follows a group of women from the Louisiana parish of Chinquapin, set at Truvy’s in-home beauty parlor where the women regularly gather and gossip. Over three years, these friends deal with the good times and the bad with everything from relationships, Type 1 Diabetes, repentance and loss. Director Tom Durham said that while the play would seem to some to be geared toward women, this performance is funny and written in a way for everyone to enjoy.

“This is a real popular play with men and women because the six women chosen are just great characters, great dialogue and everyone can enjoy the humor,” Durham said. “It’s probably in terms of its writing, one of the best plays because the dialogue is just so great and the lines are so frequently funny.”

While many people know “Steel Magnolias” from the 1989 movie starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and other famous actresses, Durham said the play provides a different perspective and can be funnier with the way it is written.

“The movie went outside the hair salon and you met other people in the town … here they just talk about them and I enjoy the talk about them more than actually meeting them,” Durham said. “It’s tighter and I think funnier in many ways.”

The performance stars Pam Morley as Truvy, Sarah Boyle as Annelle, Lillian Edmunds as Claire, Marilyn Heary as Ouiser, Cassie Klahn as Shelby and Alyssa Walsh as M’Lynn.

“It’s a really good cast and a lot of fun to work with. The ladies involved seem to be having a ball and enjoying each other's company … It’s a good cast with a strong bond between all these gals now as we work on it,” Durham said. “I would say things are really moving along and on schedule very nicely.”

While the actresses and everyone involved in the production have been working hard on the show, Durham said he hopes this performance is something the audience and the actors enjoy.

“I think the humor is one of the things the audience will take away, I think they are really going to enjoy the performances by the actors and it’s going to have a nice look to it … I think it’s going to be an all-theater experience and going to be really good for the community,” Durham said.

Tickets are $12 general and $10 for students and seniors.

For more information on the performance or to buy tickets, visit springvillearts.org or call 592-9038.

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