Rehearsal fun

Pictured during a break at a recent rehearsal are Stephanie Black as Ouiser, left, Liz Brown as M’Lynn and Karen Terry as Truvy. The cast members of “Steel Magnolias” enjoyed some fun with the beauty products on the set.

SOUTH HILL, Va. — Robert Harling’s most well-known and beloved play, “Steel Magnolias” will be produced by the Colonial Actors Theatre Society (C.A.T.S.) at the Colonial Center in South Hill beginning at 7 p.m. March 18.

Additional showtimes are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 24 and 25, with Sunday matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. March 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. The show is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. in New York. This production has been sponsored by Touchstone Bank, Williams Enterprises of South Hill, and Watkins Hearing Aids Center.

Nearly everyone knows the story of “Steel Magnolias” due to the highly successful 1989 movie adaptation which starred Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah.

In this mostly hilarious yet heart-warming tale of love, friendship, strength and loss, Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town including: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher; local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years”); intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn; and M’Lynn’s daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town.

This extremely talented ensemble cast features Karen Terry as Truvy, Stephanie Black as Ouiser, Kris Walker as Clairee, Molly Kalua as Shelby, Elizabeth Black as Annelle, and Liz Brown as M’Lynn, and is directed by Debra Wright.

The Colonial Center is located at 220 S. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. Tickets are $15 each, but discounted rates are available to groups of 10 people or more. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call the Box Office at 434-262-4170, visit, or stop by the Box Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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