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‘Steel Magnolias’ this weekend | News | The Press and Standard

by | August 26, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Hear that ‘80’s music? That laughter? That ugly dog barkin’? The constant hummm from the hair dryer? And, that bang from distant gunfire?  Gunfire? Yes, gunfire. (This is after-all, wedding season in the South.)  Mix all of these sounds together with the delicious taste of sweet tea and the smell of Confederate Jasmine. Add in a big scoop of hilarity, just a pinch of sassiness and a drop or two of tears. Blend it all together and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for a very delightful local production of Steel Magnolias.
When Coastal Stage Productions opens Steel Magnolias at The Colleton Center, it will be the successful culmination of a creative recipe that also includes auditions in two Lowcountry communities including Walterboro, thoughtful director selection, brilliant cast selection, countless costume plots, endless set design ideas, blocking revisions and over two months of read-throughs, rehearsals and workshops with an incredibly talented cast of local actors and off-stage volunteers.
Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling’s 1987 off-Broadway sensation and subsequent smash film, fits perfectly within the late summer season of the Lowcountry. “Filled with hilarious Southern quips and humorously revealing verbal confrontations, Steel Magnolias draws on the Southern strength and enduring love of its characters to make the play truly touching, funny and marvelous to enjoy. The delightful cast of Lowcountry actors beautifully portray the six distinctly different women whose lives interweave via the small town gossip that reflects the unending cycle of birth, marriage and death,” said Rodney Vaughn, producer with Coastal Stage Productions.
The cast is a combination of new and returning Coastal Players: Toye Hickman is the sassy town beautician Truvy, and her eccentric salon side-kick Annelle is played by Lyndsay Malphrus.  Connie Dudek-Hoskins plays Clairee. the town’s wealthy widow and co-hort to the sharp tongued Ouiser Boudreaux, played by Coastal newcomer Margy Oehlert. Other new faces to the Coastal family are Jean White. who portrays the charismatic and beloved daughter, Shelby, to M’Lynn. the valiant, strong-willed and determined mother played by Coby Turner.
In addition, director Terri Hsu of Savannah, Ga., and assistant director Mark Erickson are both talented director/actors on the Lowcountry theatre scene and have completed many creative and successful theatre projects.
Based in Ridgeland, Coastal Stage Productions has been bringing theatre productions to The Colleton Center since 2014.  The company’s owners Rodney Vaughn and local native Luke Cleveland have over 25 years of combined theatre experience on stage and behind the scenes of local community theatres.
Coastal Stage Productions is a traveling theatre company and has shared its productions in smaller communities such as Hardeeville, Estill, Edisto Beach and Ehrhardt.  Larger hosting cities from past seasons include, N. Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Orangeburg and Bluffton.
Past Walterboro projects include; The Dixie Swim Club, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Deathtrap and Daddy’s Dyin’ – Who’s Got the Will.  Rounding out their 2016 season will be the holiday show Southern Belles, a hilarious parody of Southern Christmas pageantry from the writers of The Dixie Swim Club.  For more information on future productions please visit Coastal Stage Productions on Facebook.
Steel Magnolias can be seen on Saturday Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. at The Colleton Center (Hampton Street Auditorium) 494 Hampton Street in Walterboro.  Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Tickets are available locally for $18 at Consignment Envy or Retail Therapy in Walterboro.  Online Tickets for all events at www.brownpapertickets.com. For group rates or more information call 912-656-1598.

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