A Summerset dress rehearsal of “Steel Magnolias.” From left, Susan V. Hansen as M’Lynn, Jessica Williams as Shelby, Emily Bartley Miller as Truvy, Lisa Deyo as Clairee, Breonna Bergstrom as Annelle, and Kris Graff as Ouiser. Adam Harringa/newsroom@austindailyherald.com
A Summerset dress rehearsal of “Steel Magnolias.” From left, Susan V. Hansen as M’Lynn, Jessica Williams as Shelby, Emily Bartley Miller as Truvy, Lisa Deyo as Clairee, Breonna Bergstrom as Annelle, and Kris Graff as Ouiser. Adam Harringa/newsroom@austindailyherald.com

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‘An all-American classic’

Published 6:30pm Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summerset to perform ‘Steel Magnolias’

Six Southern belles will stop in Austin this week to make people laugh, cry and be entertained.

Summerset will perform a production of “Steel Magnolias” at 7:30 p.m. July 9 through July 13 in the Riverland Community College Frank W. Bridges Theatre.

Riverland and Summerset Executive Director Lindsey Williams described “Steel Magnolias” as a “dramady” about a group of women in a small-town beauty parlor in Louisiana during the 1980s.

“It’s a comedy that is very touching,” she said. “You’ll laugh and you’ll cry, and you’ll just have a great time.”

The play showed Off-Broadway in 1987, followed by a movie in 1989.

“Audiences will see that their favorite things from the movie are still in the play,” Williams said.

Randy Foster, the director, is highly anticipating the production.

“We have rehearsed for the whole month of June,” Foster said. “So we’re excited to have an audience.”

The play was performed at Riverland in 1995, but Foster is excited to do it again.

“I’ve always wanted to do this play,” Foster said. “Its an all-American classic.”

The play will showcase an all female cast, featuring students and faculty members.

Williams expects a large audience, so people are advised to buy tickets early.

Individual tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for children age 16 and under. They are being sold at the Summerset Theatre Box Office in room E107 of Riverland’s east building. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before performances. The box office can be contacted at 507-433-0595 or by emailing boxoffice@riverland.edu. Tickets are also available at www.summersetaustin.org.

Steel Magnolias is appropriate for all ages.

 

“Steel Magnolias”

Director and set design….Randy Forster

Stage manager……………..Melissa Johnson

Lighting design……………..Jim Mallek

Sound design……………….Kristine Iverson

Costume………………………Susan V. Hansen

Props…………………………..Ruth Smith and Emma Waters

 

Cast:

Breonna Bergstrom as Annelle

Emily Bartley Miller as Truvy

Lisa Deyo as Clairee

Jessica Williams as Shelby

Susan V. Hansen as M’Lynn

Kris Graff as Ouiser


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