Steel Magnolias (Apr. 19)

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013 - House Opens at 7 p.m. for seating
Location: Seay Theatre, Walton Fine Arts Building
Ticket Price: $8.00

Steel MagnoliasIn April we welcome back Ozarks alumni and friends to our campus and theatre facilities.  Be sure and make plans to attend what promises to be one of the best shows of the season!

Featuring alumnae performers from the classes of 1973 (40th year reunion class), 1995, 2009, 2010, and one of our current theatre students in the role of Shelby, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is sure to be a show that will long be remembered.  Moving, Dynamic, touching - audiences will laugh and cry with this cast of truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable characters. 

Please note that the Saturday, April 20th performance will be a matinee show -- there is no evening performance on April 20th. 

Put this show on your calendar now!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS By: Robert Harling
Directed by Bruce B. Brown
Comedy/Drama
April 18, 19, & 20** (April 20 Matinee Show Only - House opens at 2:30 pm Box office open at 2:00 pm)
Walton Seay Theatre
Box Office Opens at 6:30 pm (Thursday & Friday Shows Only)
House Opens at 7:00 pm (Thursday & Friday Shows Only)
Ticket: General Admission $8:00

Students/Faculty/Staff receive one free ticket at the door (while tickets last) for personal use with their University of the Ozarks ID card.

Cast:

  • Ouser Boudreaux will be played by Ardith Morris '73
  • Clairee Belcher will be played by Jeannie Denniston '73
  • M'Lynn Eatenton will be played by Ginny (Myers) Sain '95
  • Truvy Jones will be played by Erin (Fuller) Hagar '09
  • Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie will be played by Annie Williams '16 (current freshman theatre major)   
  • Annelle Dupup-Desoto will be played by Jenava (Moreau) Harris '10

The production stage manager will be alumnae Grace Harnish '09

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.

Cast of Steel Magnolias, with director Bruce B. Brown.

The cast of "Steel Magnolias" with director Bruce B. Brown, Walton Professor of Theatre. Photo copyright 2013 Katelyn G. Nichols.

* The Alumni Weekend theatre production is sponsored, in part, by funds from The Cecil and Ruth Boddie Farmer Theatre Production Endowment. This endowment was established by their children, Dr. Pat Farmer of Clarksville and Mrs. Heber Farmer McKissack of Conway, to help fund an annual production by the University Theatre.

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