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 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 ol’ boy”. Filled with hilarious repartee, sharp jabs and bantering, 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 gives the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Dress rehearsal: May 5 @ 7pm, $7 open seating
Evenings: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @ 8pm
Sunday Matinees: May 8, 15 @ 2pm
Directed by Hanna Marshbanks and Jay Tyson
Produced by Karen Pierson
Steel Magnolias is dedicated in memory of Charter Member of NBCT, Athene Bunn
Reduced ticket prices! $17 advance, $19 door, Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID. At a time when gas, food and general cost of living prices have gone up, NBCT is delighted to give back to the community by reducing ticket prices. The remaining shows for the 2011 season; Steel Magnolias, Guys and Dolls, and The Wizard of Oz are now $17 in advance and $19 at the door. This saving reflects NBCT’s dedication to bringing magic of live theatre to New Bern and the surrounding community.
Steel Magnolias is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
For more information, call 252-634-9057. For tickets call 252-633-0567 or visit the New Bern Civic Theatre’s website.
Submitted by: Gayle Albertini on behalf of the New Bern Civic Theatre