Steel Magnolias, set in a beauty shop in Louisiana, and made famous by the 1989 moving starring Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Daryl Hannah, will open at the Golden Chain Theatre May 6.
Writen by Robert Harling, the original stage play was set in Truvy’s Beauty Shop, and featured an all-female cast of characters who support each other through triumphs and tragedies, and ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children - all important issues that unite and celebrate women.
The Golden Chain PG production is directed by Peter Clarke and George Rich.
Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux, intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town.
Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. As the women of Chinquapin make their ways over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort in one another.
A classic film, Steel Magnolias chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana.
The Golden Chain Steel Magnolias cast is made up of Melinda Rich (Truvy), Miranda Simonich (Annelle), Julie Riley (M’Lynn), Lyric Piccolotti (Shelby), Jennifer Varner (Clariee), and Sarah Persson (Ouiser).
The play will be performed May 6 - 22, playing at 7 p.m Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. General admission tickets are $15, $12 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at goldenchaintheatre.org, or by phone (559) 683-7112 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.