Provided by Fauquier Community Theatre (FCT)
Steel Magnolias opens Fauquier Community Theatre’s 41st Anniversary Season.
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. It is the classic tale of that “stronger than hairspray” bond between southern ladies with their Louisiana charm. Six ladies from the south weather the sunny and stormy days that come their way throughout the seasons of life, together.
As the curtain rises, audiences will be drawn into the hilarious conversation. There is much to do as these ladies are beautified for Shelby Eatenton’s wedding day, since as Truvy says, “there is no such thing as natural beauty.” Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” In the 1989 film Steel Magnolias, Truvy was played by Dolly Parton, and Shelby by Julia Roberts.
With help from an eager new assistant, Annelle, 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”). Other characters are an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth, and the local social leader, M’Lynn. The play also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the characters the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
The cast of six women chosen has incredible comedic timing and heartfelt performances. Five out of the six actresses are brand new to FCT and excited to be part of the 41st Anniversary Season. Annelle Dupuy-Desoto is played beautifully by Madeline Fanta; Truvy Jones is depicted with sass and humor by Joanna Lange; and Clairee Belcher is lovingly portrayed by Amy Treat. Clairee’s daughter Shelby Eatenton is heartwarmingly brought to life by Bevin Hester; M’Lynn Eatenton is captured perfectly by Cheryl Bolt, and the cantankerous Ouiser Boudreaux is hilariously played by Dawn Fansler. In August, the cast was invited to the Alamo Drafthouse for a preview and they were hostesses at a Steel Magnolias tribute.
Steel Magnolias is presented by Fauquier Community Theatre by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. The show is directed by Don Bachmann and produced by Brooke Lyn Clark. Ms. Clark says “the story is truly genuine and sincere in the journey it travels through every scene with displays of moments we as humans can relate to in our own lives. Make sure you bring your tissues and are ready to laugh with joy through tears! It’s fixin’ to be a grand ol’ time.”
Performances of Steel Magnolias will be held on Sept. 28, 29, and 30 as well as on Oct. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. at the Theatre at Vint Hill, 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton. Saturday showtimes are at 7:30 p. m. and Sundays at 2:00 p. m. Ticket purchases are for reserved seating so early reservations result in best choice seating. (There are no additional service charges to order online or by credit card.) Order tickets today at fctstage.org or call 540-349-8760. Ticket prices are $15 for students and senior citizens, and $17 for adults.