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Steel Magnolias: October 2022


By Robert Harling

October 27-30, 2022

Memorial Hall
Monson, Massachusetts

The Monson Arts Council is proud to announce our first production in many years! In October 2022, we will present Steel Magnolias by Robert Harding. The play was originally produced by the W.P.A. Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Co-Sponsored by Monson Family Dental

Truvy Jones
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto
Clairee Belcher
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie
M’Lynn Eatenton
Ouiser Boudreaux

Stage Manager

Cat Jordan
Nicole Richter
Libby Smith
Alexandria Escribano
Aileen Merino Terzi
Jess Miller

Raymond J. Possick
Deb Grimaldi
Amy M. Lake

Steel Magnolias 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. 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.

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