STELLAR PRODUCTION OF STEEL MAGNOLIAS KICKS OFF NEW SEASON FOR FOOTLIGHTS THEATER

Steel Magnolias Cast

September 2015

The Footlights Theatre of Falmouth kicked off its third season with a stellar production of Robert Harling’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS, remarkably bringing to light many milestones that are worthy of celebrating. Here are three: First, another shining example of superb live theater brought to you by The Footlights’ creative team. Bravo!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a powerful and gratifying comedy-drama about the implicit bond between a group of six women in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where Truvy Jones’ in-home beauty parlour has become the intersection of all their life journeys and the gathering place to share all womanly topics, from life to death…and life again.

Based on Harling’s experience with his sister’s death, STEEL MAGNOLIAS beautifully and emblematically personifies the unequivocal strength of steel and the femininity, nobility and perseverance that the magnolia flower has come to symbolize, all wrapped up in womankind. It is a roller-coaster ride of triumph and tragedy, fun and frolic, a delightful profile of Southern living, with perfectly executed yin-yang hilarity and pathos. In Truvy’s own words of wisdom: “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”

STEEL MAGNOLIAS (the play versus the movie) is a momentous and challenging ensemble piece. Honestly, for this script to be effective and successful as it was meant to be requires an exemplary group of creatively righteous and seasoned actors capable of letting themselves be taken over by their characters.  To this end, The Footlights can celebrate its second noteworthy milestone, i.e. Director Michael J. Tobin’s uncanny ability to cast the cream-of-the-crop for yet another flawless ensemble show.

Each member of this tight-knit ensemble is a master of her own stage skills, bringing a rich background and theater experience to their role: Jaymie Chamberlin as Truvy, Jessica Libby as Shelby, Cindy O’Neil as Ouiser, Paula Price as Clairee, Cheryl Reynolds as M’Lynn and Amy Torrey as Annelle. Individually, they are consummate professionals who know how to weave a monster thread with perfect dramatic emotion and supreme comic delivery—at times all in the same breath. Collectively, this cast is unsurpassable for its entertainment value and deserves the instant standing ovation they receive.

Third noteworthy milestone is the very fact that The Footlights is now in its third season. Having established itself as a class act theater and a gem to patrons of live local theater, The Footlights can celebrate its reputation and wild array of offerings—from visionary to schmaltzy, everything in between, and everything served up with consistent perfection. Take an extra bow for all that hard work, creativity and passion that lights up the stage for appreciative patrons and provides a stable of professional experience and lasting friendships for the herd of thespians whose journeys intersect at The Footlights, much the same as Truvy’s Beauty Spot.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS runs through October 1st, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM. The Footlights Theater is located at 190 US Route 1 in Falmouth. FMI and tickets, call 747-5434 or visit thefootlightsinfalmouth.com.

A stellar show. A superb cast. A third season. Cheers!

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–Louis Philippe

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