Steel Magnolias set to grace St. John Theatre’s stage Friday

Published 2:48 pm Monday, February 19, 2024

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The St. John Theatre in Reserve, Louisiana, is set to present a heartwarming production of “Steel Magnolias,” a play that masterfully combines humor with the poignant realities of Southern life. With three performances slated to start Friday, February 23, audiences are invited to experience the timeless story that unfolds in a small-town Louisiana beauty salon.

Written by American playwright Robert Harling, “Steel Magnolias” is inspired by the true story of his sister’s life and untimely death. The narrative spans three years and focuses on the lives of six local women who meet in the salon. Through their interactions, the play offers a glimpse into their resilience, strength, and the unbreakable bonds of community.

The cast features Lauren Michel as Shelby, Cindy Grosse as M’lynn, Laura Smith as Truvy, Sara Brooks as Annelle, Connie Powell as Clariee, and Janell Napier as Ouiser. This production is a significant milestone for Danielle Ordoyne, marking her debut as a director, with Jamie Yarbrough contributing as the stage manager.

Janell Napier expressed enthusiasm about the production, noting, “the show’s sassy quips and stories will resonate with people of all ages.” The performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 P.M., and a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 P.M., with tickets available for $15.

This event marks the third rendition of “Steel Magnolias” by the St. John Theatre, following previous stagings in 1994 and 2008. In a special gesture, Danielle Ordoyne has extended an invitation to cast members from past productions to attend a reunion at Sunday’s performance, celebrating the play’s enduring legacy within the community.

Since its foundation in 1981, St. John Theatre has been a beacon of artistic expression in St. John the Baptist Parish, producing over 70 dramas, comedies, and musicals. Looking ahead, the theatre has announced a Children’s Summer Workshop from May 28 to June 8 and the much-anticipated summer 2024 musical, “Sister Act.”

The upcoming “Steel Magnolias” production promises to be a memorable event, showcasing the talent and spirit of Reserve’s local theater community. It’s an opportunity for audiences to laugh, reflect, and appreciate the strength found in camaraderie and shared experiences.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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