By Robert Harling
Directed by Steve Shaw
It’s ‘lights up’ once again for the Janesville Little Theatre (JLT) as the cast and crew of Steel Magnolias debut their first show of the 2021-22 season, and the first live show since theatre productions were halted due to the COVID pandemic.
Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling and directed by JLT’s Steve Shaw, features an all-female cast set in a popular Chinquapin, Louisiana beauty salon, where ladies from an upper-crust social scene come to have their hair done.
The play is plentiful with wise-cracks and colorful characters, hilarious repartee and a few sharp-tongued but humorously revealing verbal collisions. As the plot moves towards tragedy and a realization of one’s mortality, it also draws on strength and love, which give the play and its characters company in a truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable way -- in good times and bad.
The cast includes Candace Griffin as Annelle; Mary Beth Klietz as Truvy; Melissa Defebaugh as Claree; Saralyn Duncan as Shelby; Stephanie Boettcher as M'Lynn; and Laura Johnson as Ouiser.
“We are so looking forward to entertaining our patrons again after a too-long hiatus. I have an excellent cast and we are very excited to be presenting Steel Magnolias, a wonderful play with a great heart,” Shaw says.
Produced by Janesville Little Theater at Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 South Main Street, Janesville
Performances: October 29 - November 7, 2021
October 29, 30 and 31 and November 5, 6 and 7, 2021
Ticket Prices: $18
Call 608-758-0297 for more information. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.janesvillepac.org.