The Bandon Playhouse’s production of “Steel Magnolias” will be opening at the Sprague Theater the weekend of February 24. This “laughter through tears” show is a must-see!
From the Bandon Playhouse’s press release of January 19, 2017:
Rehearsal is well underway for Bandon Playhouse’s production of Robert Harling’s comedy-drama play ‘Steel Magnolias.’ Harling wrote the play after experiencing the death of his own sister from complications of diabetes as a way to help grieve his loss.
The play centers around a close-knit group of women who gather regularly at the female sanctuary of Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Louisiana and how they cope through the emotional triumphs and tragedies of their lives by using razor-sharp humor and a stalwart, affectionate support for each other.
The play will be performed Feb 24th, 25th, and 26th, March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and final weekend March, 10th, 11th, and 12th, with shows starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday Matinees showing at 2 p.m.
Jeff Norris is back directing with help from Stage Manager, Cindy Hay and long time Acting Coach, Peter Braun. The dynamic cast includes: Deb Holmes as Truvy the outspoken beauty shop owner, Amanda Morton as Shelby a young diabetic bride-to-be, Bobbi Neason as Clairee a wise-cracking widow, Sarah Sinko as Annelle a recent beauty school graduate, Bobbi Wilson as M’Lynn, Shelby’s rock steady, strong willed mother and Perri Rask as the cantankerous Ouiser Boudreaux.
Norris makes sure that the play’s cast gives an intimate look at gossip, laughter, love and the strength in female relationships and friendships. He keeps these women on task with attention to the finer and subtle details that can make or break a performance. Hay, is there to help remind cast of prior blocking directions as well as fill in with lines as needed. Braun helps when needed with flow of each character’s performance.
During rehearsal, the play’s heartbreaking, riveting, yet laughter filled story unwinds as the cast practiced every detail to make their performances authentic and to insure the show packs an emotional punch.
The well cast group of women worked hard running through their lines to perfect the affection, sarcasm, and humor portrayed by each of their respective characters, each such an integral piece to the story.
Holmes perfects the part of Truvy with ferocious southern-style support for her friends and forthright girl-talk advice.
Sinko, in her first ever stage production, is absolutely believable as Annelle in her transformation from a mousy, fearful young woman who blossoms beautifully as she gains self-confidence.
Morton, also first time acting on stage with the Bandon Playhouse, shines in the role of Shelby. She accomplishes true emotional belief with sincere investment in her character. During the rehearsal, Norris stressed to Morton the importance of nailing an intense scene of Shelby going into a hypoglycemic seizure, he said, “You are really going to have to grab hold of this and make this real.”
As M’Lynn in this production, Wilson, a LTOB veteran performer once again proves her versatility and vast range of wonderful, talented acting ability. Her performances are always believable and professional and such a treat for the audience.
Rask, who is performing as Ouiser, will surely capture the audience with her outrageously sharp tongue and blunt delivery. Rask delivered her lines with gusto and an intense crankiness. She blazes with lines like,”I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years,”
Neason is a good fit as the strong, straight shooting, sarcastic Clairee a woman who’s still processing her own recent loss and gives the memorable line, “Well, you know what they say-if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”
At the practice set the cast meshed their skills and talents making the story come together to move and entertain any audience.
Regina Kinchelo, a local beautician and prior cast member as Annelle, to the Bandon Playhouse production of Steel Magnolias back in 2006, has offered to be there to lend her expertise and technical support to the cast and to create the ambiance of a realistic home beauty shop. While the donations of beauty shop equipment from Stacy Galvin at the Hair Club give the set a real life “beauty shop” feeling.
The original play was the basis for a movie in 1989 starring; Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts.
The play, rich with laughter and tears, focuses on the how these six women draw strength from their relationships despite their differences. The actresses’ willingness to have fun and be vulnerable and open under Norris’ sensitive and inspiring manipulation creates a beautiful tribute to the power of friendship and community and the strength of women.
Early Bird tickets are available online only for $14.00 and can be reserved by visiting Early Bird Tickets. General Admission will be $15 at the door. For more information please call Paul at 541-236-5105.
Don’t miss “Steel Magnolias,” another fine example of the depth of artistic talent we are fortunate enough to have here on the South Coast!