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EAC Drama Department offering Steel Magnolias

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EAC Drama Department offering Steel Magnolias

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Drama Department will be performing the humorous and tender drama, Steel Magnolias, on April 13 and 14, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in EAC’s South Campus classroom/theatre #3. The seven-person ensemble cast will be directed by Jennifer Earl. Admission will be $3 per person and tickets are available at the EAC Ticket Office and will also be available at the door.

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ’ole boy.”

Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic, but humorously revealing, verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

For tickets and information about Steel Magnolias call the EAC Ticket Office at 428-8228.