Comedy "Steel Magnolias" coming to Shawnee this week

On the heels of a successful 59th opening weekend, the comedy-drama Steel Magnolias coming next weekend, June 21 to 24.  

“The cast is incredible” Danielle O’Connor, director, said. “I’m really excited to share this great story about women and their relationships with one another.”

The action is set in Truvy's (Andrea Swift-Hanlon) 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 (Madison Mattfield), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser (Kate Braun).

Meanwhile an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (Courtney Slough), who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn (Bri Lindsey), whose daughter, Shelby (Kristen Phaneuf), 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 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.