Cast set for SCCC production of ‘Steel Magnolias’

LIBERAL, Kan. – The cast is set for the fall performance of “Steel Magnolias.”

Director Michele Van Hessen, SCCC communications and theater instructor, has chosen the actresses for the play.

The cast includes Jessica Malin (Clairee Belcher), Krystal Heib (Shelby Eatenton), Sarah Thompson (Truvy Jones), Alaina Rice (Ouiser Boudreaux), Jennifer Malin (M’Lynn Eatenton) and  Aspen Jaramillo (Annelle Dupey-Desoto).

(Top row): Alaina Rice, Jennifer Malin, Aspen Jaramillo (Bottom row): Jessica Malin, Krystal Heib, Sarah Thompson (Photo courtesy: Ty Lewick)

The story centers on the camaraderie of six Southern women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort one another through the worst. The play is alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

“’Steel Magnolias’ is a heartwarming, hilarious story shaded with bittersweet tragedy, this award-winning comedy will bring laughter to all who see it,” Van Hessen said.  “In a beauty parlor over the period of two years, six ladies discuss everything from favorite recipes to births and death.”

Robert Harling was inspired to write his first play after his sister Susan died of complications from diabetes. “Steel Magnolias” premiered off-Broadway in 1987, and became instant sensation, running for three years and generating a hit movie.

Steel Magnolias will open for a three-performance, engagement beginning Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m.

Tickets to the production are on sale beginning Oct. 15. General admission is  $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors (65+). SCCC students may pick up a complimentary ticket with student ID. Visit the Humanities Office (H116) or call (620) 417-1451 to reserve/purchase tickets.

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