On December 7, 8 and 9, Neuqua Theater put on their play “Steel Magnolias”. This play is based off of the 1989 movie starring all star actresses including Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts.
“Steel Magnolias” tells the story of Truvy, a hairdresser, Annelle, her new assistant, Clairee, the town’s millionaire, Ouiser, the ever lovable and grumpy, Ms. M’Lynn, Shelby’s mother and Shelby, the soon-to-be-wife of a good southern lawyer with good family values.
Troubled by her medical history riddled with expert opinions on what is considered proper, Shelby navigates the town’s gossip and opinions, her mother’s worry and criticism and being a newlywed and new mother.
Starring Eleanor Giacalone, Soha Khatib, Kaitlyn Scorza, Sami Casten, Meghan Gaither, Lily Stephens and Evan Morales, this talented cast is able to portray the emotion and passion a production like this requires. They had a chemistry and flow that can only be achieved through thorough rehearsal and complete understanding of the characters and their personas.
The play was directed by English teacher, Elizabeth Morgan. Personally, I enjoyed the play and the story of the characters. On the NV Theater website, the small bit about the play states “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”. The last act was interesting because of the tragedy that takes over the scene and the characters’ lives. The emotion that is drawn from the actresses, trying to express the emotion of the tragedy that happens in the end of the play, was well executed. Members of the audience were in tears over the final scenes as Shelby’s mother, M’Lynn, reminded herself of the good memories of her daughter and told her friends of her true emotions regarding the situation. A truly heartbreaking scene was when she said that it was unfair for her to have had to bury her child, especially since it was her daughter who was supposed to bury her. Despite the sadness of the last few scenes, the underlying message of people’s love for one another in a friendship was heartwarming. Congrats Neuqua Theater, the actresses and Mrs. Morgan on their moving and delightful play.
Story by Alya Khan