by Robert Harling, Directed by Jan
Paterson - Brisbane Arts Theatre
STEEL MAGNOLIAS CAST
(Pauline Campton) getting her hair washed by Annelle
(Stacey Muller), (Middle bottom) Shelby (Georgia Cranstoun),
(End bottom) M'Lynn (Pauline Campton), (Above right)
Clairee Belcher (Tracey Ollington) and (Above left)
Ouiser Boudreaux (Elspeth Peake), Truvy (Allyson Dowdle) is
A local group of women congregate at
Truvy's (Allyson Dowdle) Beauty Salon, where they gossip and
giggle while preparing one another for life's little tragedies and
terrific triumphs. M'Lynn Eatenton's (Pauline Campton)
daughter Shelby (Georgia Cranstoun) was preparing for her
upcoming wedding. Quirky newcomer Annelle (Stacey Muller) is
Truvy's latest assistant, whose peculiar past is enough to gain her
acceptance into the cliquish coffee klatch. And then there’s Ouiser
Boudreaux (Elspeth Peake) and wealthy society maven Clairee
Belcher (Tracey Ollington) who both added a delight of a soft
approach to ‘love and pick on each other’ type of a relationship.
Much to her mother's dismay, Shelby's planning to have children,
which is a serious health concern because she's severely diabetic.
Luckily these steel magnolias can lean on one another for support in
good and bad times. STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a touching and hilarious
tribute to the strength and loyalty of southern women, directed by
Jan Paterson. This play, unlike the movie has a cast that only
consist of women.
Comments from people that attended the
production held at the Brisbane Arts Theatre, Brisbane. The
production ran from January 28, 2006 until February 25, 2006 from
Thursdays - Sundays.
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from Mansfield (Teachers Aide at the school of Business Education).
It was a difficult
choice for Colleen to say who was her favourite character but she
decided on Clairee Belcher. “I haven’t seen this play before but I
have seen the film a long time ago so I am enjoying it,” she says.
“There is quite good dialogue between them (the characters) and
there is a nice sense of humour that they’ve got. I’m enjoying a
dryer sense of humour that I did not think the Americans had.
feel the cast is sustaining the American ascent well”.
Vanhoff from Ipswich (Teacher)
favourite character is Annelle played by her friend Stacey Muller.
“I’m loving it (the show) and think it is very entertaining,” says
Manjella. Manjella also commented that she liked the setup of the
from Albany Creek (Retired)
character was “the lady with the wig on” Clairee Belcher. Bill
admitted he is probably missing some of the dialogue because he
finds it difficult to understand (due to the Southern American
ascent) but he felt it is good that the cast can maintain the
ascent. “I think they are pretty good,” he adds.
“I think the show
is very enjoyable,” says Catherine. “It’s fast pace, and it’s
moving along. I’m waiting for something to happen, as I am looking
at the lead up.” Catherine did not have a favourite character as
she was “enjoying everybody at the moment”. Catherine attends many
theatre productions and enjoys amateur theatre.
from Stafford Heights
Harold stated he
was “Enjoying the show very much. I always enjoy the shows here
(Brisbane Arts Theatre) and never miss any.” Harold is a member of
the Brisbane Arts Theatre and attends many shows. Harold found the
play interesting especially the fact that there are “no men in the
play” and was “waiting for a man to come onto the scene”. Harold
highlights, “There is obviously one around because she (Shelby) is
going to have a baby.” He further added, “The cast are carrying
their different parts very well.” Harold was concern in the
early stages that he was going to have trouble understanding the
ascents but said once he got in tuned with it, he felt the cast were
doing very well. His favourite character was “the assistant to the
hairdresser” Annelle Duputy-Desoto. Harold felt “this character did
well by changing from a timid little thing to one that becomes quite
forceful and speaks their mind”.
END OF PLAY
from Forest Lake (Queensland Government, Admin Officer)
“I thought the
play was very good and very similar to the movie and I liked
Shelby’s mother M’Lynn Eatenton,” says Jennifer. “I enjoyed the end
when Shelby had died and how the actress (Pauline Campton) played
the very emotional part so well. I also liked the
ascent of all the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed it (the play) and thought
the play was quite entertaining”. Jennifer also
commented that she
thought the character of Shelby was also quite good. “After seeing
this show I think I will try going and see some more local plays and
support the local community,” Jennifer said.
Photos and interviews conducted
by Chrissy Layton - AusNotebook Music & Creative (1/3/06)
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