‘Steel Magnolias’ show in Duncan will make you laugh, cry

Join Truvy, M’Lynn, Clairee and the gang for Robert Harling’s play, Steel Magnolias, in a two-week run in Duncan starting May 25.

Join Truvy, M’Lynn, Clairee and the gang for Robert Harling’s play, Steel Magnolias, in a two-week run at the Mercury Theatre on Brae Road in Duncan starting May 25.

Evening performances are scheduled for May 25-28 and again from June 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. with a     2 p.m matinee lined up for Sunday, May 29.

This play is a favourite with female actresses because it celebrates the strengths of women, and their ability to turn tragedy into triumph.

The production marks the directorial debut of the Mercury Players’ Leslie Sanchez, who has appeared in many local plays as a talented actress.

The cast this time includes Brooklyn Minnie as Shelby, Angie Brockhurst as M’Lynn, Phaedra Fairwell as Truvy and Lauren Cooper as Annelle. Back after a few years away is Laurel Hibbert as Clairee and, making her acting debut as Ouiser is Camille Holmes.

Sanchez said she loves the play herself because it offers so much scope for actresses.

“It’s about strong women, and the strength of their friendship. It helps them through everything they go through. Everyone has something going on in their lives. It’s so well written; it’s hilarious and touching. It’s a funny play that will also make you cry; I love it,” she said.

Sanchez said that directing such a talented cast has been a great experience and she also praised the work of her stage manager, David Brockhurst, and the producer, Cathy Schmidt.

Admission is $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors.

Tickets are available at Ten Old Books, First Chiropractic Clinic, by email from cathyschmidt59@gmail.com, or by phone at 250-746-6897.

Or, you can get them at the door, but if you are looking for the matinee, it’s a good idea to get them soon. That show is usually popular.