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Theatre Bristol presents a special limited engagement- Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias"

May 12, 2014

Theatre Bristol is proud to announce a special limited engagement of “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling. This show is being produced as a special fundraising endeavor and is not part of the regular season. All proceeds will go directly to fund Theatre Bristol’s main stage season which includes Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat,” “Back to the 80’s” and “Scrooge, the Musical.” “Steel Magnolias” will open Friday, May 9 at the Theatre Bristol ARTSpace at 506 State Street in Bristol, TN. Performances will take place May 16 & 17 at 7:30 and May 18 at 2:30 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Theatre Bristol at 423-383-5979. All tickets for this fundraising event are $15. For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.com or visit the Theatre Bristol Facebook page.

“Like many non-profits, we needed to do a fundraiser,” explains board president Mike Musick. “One of our challenges is that we have no paid staff, limited resources and a small but dedicated group of volunteers. It takes a lot of effort for us to produce a show and executing a successful fundraiser takes a lot of time and attention.” Musick continues, “So we decided to do what we do best. We’re putting on a show. We asked some of our longtime collaborators if they would be interested and we had our cast a crew assembled. We decided on “Steel Magnolias” because it is such a great story that has characters people can relate to. So many people are fans of the movie and the stage version is even better.

It isn’t the typical family show we’ve been doing the past couple of years, but it is still family friendly enough that we’re hoping mothers and daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends will come see it," he adds. "It is a great opportunity to spend some time with mom around Mother’s Day. She already has everything she wants, so spend some time with mom by taking her to Theatre Bristol for a wonderful story with great characters that will make you laugh and cry. You will have a good time. I guarantee it,” he says with a smile. “It’s also a great girls' night out.”

Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty shop, “Steel Magnolias” is alternately hilarious and heartfelt and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters, who are truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

The cast consists of local veteran actors who possess previous ties to the show. Emily Glover plays Truvy Jones, the owner of the beauty shop who has many “favorite” things; Brittany Pealer will play Annelle, the assistant at the beauty shop who has her own secret; Carole Ann Miller portrays Clairee, the widow of the former mayor and sports fanatic; Carson Arnold stars as Shelby, the prettiest girl in town whose signature color is pink; SaBrina King will be seen as M’Lynn, the socially prominent career woman and Shelby’s mother; and Dottie Havlik will bring to life the character of Ouiser Boudreaux, the wise-cracking curmudgeon who “has more money than God.” The cast is under the direction of the highly-skilled Will Oliver, a local actor and Theatre Bristol veteran. Cassandra Caffee Phelps, also a Theatre Bristol veteran, stage manages the show.

Theatre Bristol extends a special thank you to Kalani Odum of White Creek Photography (photo credits) and Campbell Printing for the promotional posters.