November 18, 2015

Steel Magnolia's

Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, this is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there.

 

As the play opens, we find Drum Eatenton shooting birds in the trees of his back yard in preparation for his daughter's wedding reception that afternoon. Shortly thereafter, M'Lynn and Shelby (Drum's wife and daughter) depart for Truvy's to get their hair done for the wedding. "Just the sweetest thing", Annelle Depuy Desoto (who may or may not be married because her marriage may not be legal) is introduced to Truvy's customers as her new "glamor technician".

 

While in the chairs, the sour-tempered Ouiser Boudreaux shows up and entertains the assemblage with her barbs. It seems that the only one of the group who truly understands Ouiser is Clairee, who is recently widowed and looking for a diversion. As she says later, "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me.

Director - Lorna Sexton
Producer - Sophie Davies
Assistant Producer - Viv Tyler

Cast
Truvy Jones - Lou Sadler
Annelle Depuy-Desoto - Justine McCreith
Clairee Belcher - Jill Rogers
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie - Sera Dinmore
M'Lynn Eatenton - Alison Gibbs
Ouiser Boudreaux - Ruth Smith

Crew
Director - Lorna Sexton
Producer - Sophie Davies
Assistant Producer - Viv Tyler
Stage Manager - Paul Kerswill
Stage Crew - Chris Peters, Paul Ribbans
Set Design - Graham Gibbs
Set Construction & Painting Crew - Graham Gibbs with Trevor Clark, Dudley Gentle, Alan Gibbs, Paul Kerswill, Dave Tinney, Chris Peters & Team
Lighting - Deb Basnett, Stevie Shaw & Clive Griffin
Sound and Music - Mark Sadler
Wardrobe - Valmai Guess with Ann Peters, Antonietta Tinney & Team
Hair - Victoria Turner
Props - Lucinda Rowe with Janet Tackley, Susie Welch & Team
Prompt - Rosie Hamilton McLeod
Understudy - Sophie Davies & Viv Tyler
Publicity - Peter Donovan
Box Office - Stella Turner
Front of House - Janet Quinn with Mel Abrook, Denise Blackmore, Carol Brown, Julie Dawson, Janet Tackley, Liz Taylor & Team
Bar - Ed Picken with Juliet Alexander, Carol Brown, John Edwards, Peter Johnson, Judy McDonnell, Dennis Sexton, Janet Tackley & Team
Photography - Dennis Sexton, Dave Tinney
Poster/Programme Design - Emily Daniel
Website - Dave Woodward

Acknowledgements & Thanks
Compton Little Theatre
Pirton Village Stores
Samuel French Ltd
The Daniel Partnership Ltd

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