Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling

Directed by Jeannie McCarville

Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, Steel Magnolias is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the picture 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 "glamour 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 in the picture, "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me." Filled with humor and heartbreak, these "Steel Magnolias" make us laugh and cry as the realities of their lives in tiny Chiquapin Parish unfolds.

Produced by River Valley Players at Gard Theater, 111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green

Performances: April 12-15, 2012

Performance Times: 4/12-4/14 7:30pm, 4/15 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: $10

Call 608-574-1906 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


“Steel Magnolias”
A play by Robert Harling
Directed by Jeannie McCarville

Sunday January 29th 1-4 pm
Monday January 30th 6-8 pm

Upstairs at The Shed
123 N. Lexington St.
Spring Green

Looking for six women:
ages 18-25 (2)
ages 40-50 (2)
ages 60 and older (2)

Copies of the script will be available for preview at the Spring Green and Plain Libraries.

Rehearsals in Spring Green
Sun. thru Wed. evenings 6-9 pm beginning Feb. 6.

Performance dates: April 12-15.

FMI: 608-574-1906 or