You'll laugh and cry

First it began as a play, then was a hit 1989 classic film starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts. But now the acclaimed ‘Steel Magnolias’ will return to the stage when it makes its debut at the Town Hall Theatre in Campbelltown from November.

Don’t miss this opportunity to awaken your love of musical theatre and experience the quaintness of the Town Hall Theatre. There’s no more intimate setting for Robert Harling’s funny and personal production of ‘Steel Magnolias’ than this theatre.

Though often branded a ‘girly play’, and admittedly there’s not a single man in the cast, this production is likeable and witty, regardless of the audience’s gender.

The play is set in a beauty salon in rural Louisiana and covers the lives of six women throughout a three-year period.

Each of the four scenes takes place many months after the last and thanks to some very smooth and clever dialogue, we learn everything that has gone on.

When the play opens it’s Shelby’s (Sharee Gariety) wedding day and her mum M’Lynn (Robinne Booth) is proud as can be, but is somewhat worried about her headstrong daughter.

Shelby is diabetic and doctors have advised she shouldn’t have children. But when, in a later scene, she announces she has become pregnant, she insists she will have the baby no matter what.

There are plenty more surprises and heartaches in store, as these strong women – these ‘steel magnolias’ – use humour and love to work through them.

So if you loved the star-studded movie to bits, you will certainly love this play.

So put this in your diary and get a box of tissues ready for the rollercoaster ride that is ‘Steel Magnolias’.

The funniest play to ever make you cry hits the Town Hall Theatre stage in Campbelltown on Friday, November 11, with further matinee and evening performances right throughout each weekend of November.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.

To book or for more information call 4628 5287 or email [email protected]

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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