Tarleton Summer Studio presents ‘Steel Magnolias’

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STEPHENVILLE (June 12, 2015) — Celebrating its 19th season, the Theatre at Tarleton’s Summer Studio will present six performances of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, beginning Thursday, June 25 at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center workshop theatre on the Tarleton State University campus.

The Tarleton workshop theatre transforms into a beauty parlor in Chinquapin, La., for the story of Steel Magnolias, directed by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Mark Holtorf. Made popular by the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Darryl Hannah, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley McClaine, the play follows the lives and friendships of a group of southern women.

Steel Magnolias will be performed June 25, 26 and 27, and July 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. There also will be a special matinee performance on July 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the production are available at Tarleton’s Fine Arts Center Box Office, which opens June 20, and is open weekdays from 2-6 p.m. throughout the performances. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, high school students, Tarleton faculty and staff and Tarleton students with a valid ID. This play has been rated suitable for all audiences.

The theatrical performance, while involving fewer characters than the movie, focuses more on the women as individuals. The relationships between these women grow stronger as each individual copes with the triumphs and tragedies of life.

After Steel Magnolias opened off-Broadway in 1987, the highly popular production had a run of more than 1,100 performances. Starting in 2005, it played on Broadway for approximately four months.

The New York Daily News has described Steel Magnolias in a review as “…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South.”

The cast for Tarleton’s production of Steel Magnolias includes Janice Horak (Truvy), Mica Parson (Annelle), Prudence Jones (Clairee), Kaitlynn Meinershagen (Shelby), Lori LaRue (M’Lynn) and Tracey Holley (Ouiser).

For the latest information about upcoming events presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.

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