Robert Harling’s classic American play features six powerhouse actors and runs at the Oregon Cabaret from January 30th to March 22nd.
Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” go to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken and wise cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, and the local social leader, M’Lynn whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry. The excitement of the wedding quickly turns to concern as Shelby faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. As the women of Chinquapin make their way over life’s many hurdles, they find comfort in each other.
“I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, and seeing the film version of Robert Harling’s story, it was my first time seeing southerners presented as everyday people - not crazy alcoholics, or over-emotional victims of some summer evening heat wave.” says director Galloway Stevens. “The movie didn't rely on stereotypes born from stories like Gone With The Wind, Crimes Of The Heart, almost all Tennessee Williams' pieces, or worst of all, Deliverance. Steel Magnolias not only celebrates a sense of my home, but more importantly it transcends the regionality of “the South” and promotes the power of resilient women found in every community across the nation.”
Steel Magnolias features Cabaret veteran Renee Hewitt (Backwards in High Heels, Spelling Bee) alongside local favorite and Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran Catherine Lynn Davis. Be Boulay served as the understudy for Katie Beck and Eliese Moore in Every Christmas Story Ever Told, but will make her onstage debut in Steel Magnolias. Julie Cardia, Katy Wilson, and Millcent K. Hunnicutt will all appear at the Cabaret for the first time.
Steel Magnolias features some adult situations and mild language. Were it a movie, it would be rated PG.
The Creative Team
Galloway Stevens (Director) was seen on the OCT stage as Sweeney Todd, Sagot in Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet, The Emcee in Cabaret, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Galloway also directed OCT’s 2019 production of Miracle on 34th Street and 2018 production of Avenue Q. Other regional directing credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (Lees-McRae Summer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Andrews Brothers, and A Christmas Carol (Prather Entertainment), Grease, Ring of Fire, and South Pacific (Jenny Wiley Theatre).
The Steel Magnolias design team includes set designer Alan Schwanke (Pine Mountain Lodge), lighting designer Michael Stanfill (Avenue Q, Miracle on 34th St), props designer James Paul Xavier, costume designer Ryan Moller, and sound designer Kimberly Carbone (Mamma Mia, Beehive, Miracle on 34th St).
Show Dates and Additional Information
Steel Magnolias previews on Thursday, January 30th, opens on Friday, January 31st, and closes on Sunday, March 22nd. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:00 pm and evening performances begin at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and select Monday and Wednesday nights.
Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Preview tickets are $25 for all seats. Tickets for other performances are $39 for A level seating with limited $36 B level seating and $25 C level seating available for all performances. The Cabaret offers a 15% ticket discount for groups of twelve or more for select ticket types and performances. $12 student rush tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.
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