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Submitted by: Barb Geer

Steel Magnolias opens on the Northland Community and Technical College Theater stage on Monday, July 21st and runs through Thursday, July 24th. Doors open at 6:30 pm and all shows begin at 7:00 pm.

SteelMagnolias1Be sure to bring your tissues! Guaranteed laughter is so rampant that you just might laugh until you cry. On the opposite side of the spectrum of emotions, tears will flow as the six friends deal with the mourning process.

Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The story is based on Harling’s experience with his sister’s death. The title suggests the “female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel”. The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about in Act I, Scene 1.

SteelMagnolias7Robert Harling’s first play was met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York’s WPA Theatre in 1987. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beautyparlor in northwest Louisiana, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Ticket sales have already been brisk, so the word is out to get your tickets early! They may be purchased at Digi-Key’s East reception area, Hugo’s, and at the door if available.

Directed by: Barb Geer

Cast: Kari Conner (Truvy), Michele Christensen (Annelle), Brianna Helm (Clairee), Alyssa Novak (Shelby), Sherry Knott (M’Lynn), LoriAnn Walseth (Ouiser)