Arts & Culture

IN THE SPOTLIGHT | 'Steel Magnolias'

Presented by: Perkinston Players

Where: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Campus, Malone Hall Black Box Theatre

Show times/dates: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16

Director: Robert M. Barrett

Asst. director: Kenley Havard

Production assistant: Chris Hubbart

Stage manager: Avery Nahlix

Lights: Austin Lee

Sound: Mark McDonnell Make-up and wigs: Naomi Page

Crew chief: Casey Clemons, Romanda Taylor, Breoshia Jackson, Maryona Anderson, Lindsey Ladner, Anthony Goretski, Christie Guthrie, Brinson Smith, Steven Mikel, Amber Davenport, Kathleen Gartman, Joshua Oliver, Avery Nahlix, Jaden Hatcher, Landin Funches, Maureen Farmer, Amber Davenport, Chase Kirk, Nateisha Moffett, Dustin Poteet, Ashley Eckhart, Donkevious Benoit and Kelsi Jimerson

Costumes: Christionne Mitchell

Running crew: Avery Nahlix,

Publicity crew: Brinson Smith

Set Construction: Lief Henley

Properties crew: Rebekah Rigby

Starring: Kenley Havard, Breanna Harbuck, Olivia Russell, Naomi Page, Lauren Roosa-Wise and Kaitlyn Clark

Synopsis: The play provides both comedic moments and those filled with drama and sadness. In the end, it is deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness that underlies the antic banter of its characters. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength--and love--which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Tickets: $5 per person

Reservations/details: 601-928-6369