By Robert Harling
Directed by Michael Barrett
The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Produced by Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre at Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre Auditorium, 220 3rd Avenue, S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Performances: May 12-21, 2017
Mary 12-13 & 18-20; 7:30pm
May 21; 2:00pm matinee
Ticket Prices: $15; $12 for 10 or more
Call 715-421-0435 for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days:
Audition Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm both nights. Scripts are available for 48-hour checkout beginning Feb. 6, 2017 from the WRCT office located at the east end of the Rapids Mall next to The Pet Shop.