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Paper Moon Players to present Steel Magnolias
Standing, from left, are Margaret Donaghue, Judy O'Neill, Jen Foster and Skyla Marie Dubois. Seated are Hannah Robinson and Kristen Guay. (Photo courtesy of Greg Viger)
RUMFORD -- 49 Franklin's resident theater group Paper Moon Players will present the modern classic “Steel Magnolias” in the Mystic Theater at 49 Franklin St.
Steel Magnolias will play Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. There will also be a special matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Doors open one hour prior to show times for seating, cocktails and light snacks.
The scene is set in Truvy's Beauty Spot, a local beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana. This hilarious and touching play focuses on the camaraderie of six southern women who talk, gossip, harangue and needle each other through the best of times, and repair and support each other through the worst. Filled with hilarious repartee and humorous verbal collisions the play also displays the ladies underlying strength. Ultimately, though they may be perceived to be as delicate as magnolia flowers, through laughter and friendship, discover they are as strong as steel.
Author Robert Harling wrote this; his first play inspired by the true life events involving his mother, sister Susan and their friends. It became a 1987 off-Broadway sensation and was quickly transferred to Broadway running for three years and spawning the hit movie that starred Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Darryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley Maclaine.
Featured in the ensemble cast for this production are Margaret Donaghue who was last seen as Grace in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; portraying M'Lynn. Recent Voices of the Valley winner Hannah Robinson will appear as her daughter, Shelby. Kristen Leclerc Guay, who was Florence in last season's The Odd Couple, plays salon owner Truvy and as her assistant, Skyla Dubois, makes her Paper Moon Players debut as Annelle. Judy O'Neill, also making her debut with the group, will be former mayor's wife, Miss Clairee, and Friday Night Live actress Jen Foster will play the acerbic Ouiser.
The show is being directed by Keith A. Grassette, assisted by Melissa Hope Fallon and is being produced by Scot and Cindy Grassette.
All tickets are $15 day of show. Special advanced tickets are $12 and can be obtained at All That Jazz and Bartash's on Congress Street in Rumford. For more information and on-line tickets, visit www.49franklin.com.