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Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE August 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andTerrance V. Mc Arthur,

by Terrance McArthur

Robert Harling graduated from law school and decided to become an actor. He made a number of commercials. His sister Susan, who had encouraged him, died of diabetic complications. He wanted her to be remembered, so he started to write. He wrote a play.


October Theatre At the Selma Arts Center

IN THE September 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham,

by Lorie Lewis Ham

There always seems to be a lot of theatre going on in this Valley! Selma Arts Center and the Raisin’ Cain Players have already given us some great theatre this year. They have a couple of shows coming in October which will each run just one weekend, so we took a moment to chat with Arts Center Coordinator Nicolette Anderson about those shows.


Steel Magnolias: On Stage In Kingsburg

IN THE October 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andTerrance V. Mc Arthur,

by Terrance V. Mc Arthur

Robert Harling was a struggling writer whose sister died of diabetic complications. His loss turned into the script of Steel Magnolias, an intense, yet joyful, exploration of a Southern community through the women frequenting Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, in the eighties. Hollywood turned that play into a movie starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Tom Skerritt, and Shirley MacLaine. Lifetime recently showed a version that was African-American-based, featuring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, and Alfre Woodard. Now, the E&e Performing Arts Center in Kingsburg has brought Steel Magnolias to flower on its compact stage, and its aroma is sweet.

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Steel Magnolias on Stage in Visalia

IN THE August 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,

by Nancy Holley

Steel Magnolias, a witty comedy/drama by Robert Harling, is set in Louisiana in Truvy Jones’ beauty salon, which serves as a gathering place (think Starbucks) for women, more family than friends. Truvy (Leeni Mitchell) employs her magic wand and pixie dust making these women feel particularly special.


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