Featured Posts — 01 February 2011

After many months of preparation, a handful of local actresses will take their production of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias to the stage.
Presented by Theatre 17 and directed by Judith Hamilton, Steel Magnolias will run Feb.  3, 4 and 5 (Thursday to Saturday) at The Centre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Playing the role of M’Lynn, Julija Graham says the time spent preparing the play has forged deep bonds between her castmates.
“It is one of the most wonderful bonding experiences anyone can have,” said Graham. “You meet new people but then you meet their characters too. There’s a lot more ‘people’ than just the people involved.”
The cast also includes Theresa Lambert in the role of Truvy Jones; Corina Leclerc as Shelby; Rachelle Dupuis-Morris as Annelle; Audrey Nosworthy will play ‘Ouiser’ and Irene Skene will perform the role of Clairee.
Skene looks forward to getting a few laughs during the three-night run in her semi-comic role as the elder stateswoman of the southern parish.
“I have some great lines and it’s really fun to do,” said Skene. “Some people have seen what I do in this play and say I’ve been totally typecast into this role — which gives me some cause for concern. We just have to let loose and go with it.”
Set entirely in a hairdressing salon in a small Louisiana town, the play follows a group of close-knit friends who rely on each other for help weathering life’s many ups and downs.
Tickets are available online, or at the door.
By Chris Marchand

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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