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'Steel Magnolias' brings the southern charm to EVHS

May 9, 2013

YellowBrix

May 09--"Steel Magnolias" is an amusing, heart-warming drama full of charm, southern accents and witty one-liners.

Theatre EV drama students will assimilate all of these aspects onstage inside Eastern View High School's forum during a four-day production.

The show starts tonight and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. On Saturday, a special dinner theater will begin with a meal at 5:30 p.m. with show time at 6:30 p.m. for $12 in advance and $16 at the door. The students will return to the stage on Sunday and will perform at 2:30 p.m. with tickets costing $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Set in Louisiana in 1987, "Steel Magnolias" reveals special bonds and friendships between six women as they congregate and share their personal triumphs and struggles with each other inside Truvy's beauty shop.

Eastern View theater director Jeff Walker utilizes two groups of girls to portray these powerful women.

" Double-casting allows me to offer more roles to our talent pool and we usually have so many girls who try out. So we have two sets of cast members, nearly all doubled for the performances," explained Walker, during Monday's dress rehearsal. "There was a lot of excitement about this show, since it's known from the movie version. And I thought it was a great showcase for my seniors especially. Performing the show in our forum is the perfect location for an intimate comedy like this that also tugs at the heart."

Ashley Fox, an 18-year-old Eastern View senior, portrays Shelby, the role Julia Roberts made famous in the 1989 movie.

"She's the prettiest girl in town and she's one of the nicest people and she's getting married," said Ashley, describing her character Shelby.

Ashley revealed one of the most challenging aspects of the play for her is depicting a medical emergency onstage.

"It's way out of my comfort zone. I've never done anything like that," said Ashley. "I have to make it as realistic as possible and not make it look like I'm making fun of something. That's probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do."

On the other hand, Ashley said she loves the "country accents."

"It's so cute and I love the humor," she added.

Morgan Anderson, a 16-year-old Eastern View junior, plays Shelby's overbearing mother, M'Lynn, made famous by "Places in the Heart" actress Sally Field.

"I'm a very strong character. I like to make sure my daughter is OK," explained Morgan during Monday's play practice. "I have to be strong for my daughter and for everyone else."

Megan Macurak, an 18-year-old Eastern View senior, portrays Truvy, the role Dolly Parton made popular during the 1989 blockbuster.

"She's a lively type and fashionable and all about the beauty with the big hair and makeup," explained Megan.

The rest of the cast is as follows: Elena Kidwell and Lydia Hales will share the role of Clairee; Beatrice Laybourne and Brittany Maley will play Ouiser pronounced Weezer; Shelby Macurak is Annelle; Shanequa Minifield is the other M'Lynn, Mary Adesoba will play the other Shelby while Nonalie Guess will play the other Truvy.

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