'Steel Magnolias' brings Southern charm to stage

The Cayman Drama Society is gearing up to host the popular comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias.”

“Steel Magnolias”, by Robert Harling, tells the story of friendship and trust among six women from northwest Louisiana, from tales of weddings and divorce to funerals and new beginnings. The play originally opened off Broadway at the WPA Theater in New York in 1987 and has proved a hit ever since, with screen adaptations in both 1989 and 2012.

The all-female cast features Rebekah Jefferson as Annelle, Kristine Gray as Shelby, Susan Howe as M’Lynn, Teri Lynne as Truv, AliceAnne Brunn as Clairee and Mary Anne Kosa as Ouiser.

“We have a great talent pool of women here in Cayman and had over 60 people audition for roles, so producing an all-women production seemed like an excellent fit,” said Debbie Hand of the Cayman Drama Society.

“This is a great play for couples and has universal appeal,” Hand added. “It’s a tender story centred on a mother-daughter relationship and the support of their friends. The small town atmosphere invokes the Cayman experience of not too long ago. For the action movie fans, we have lots of gunfire, angry dogs and explosions.”

The play opens at the Prospect Playhouse Thursday, Feb. 6, and will be staged Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:30 p.m., through Saturday, Feb. 22.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students 17 years and under. All proceeds from the Feb. 7 performance will be donated to the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association. Tickets are available by calling 938-1998, or by emailing [email protected].

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“Steel Magnolias” cast

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