Wednesday 16 January 2019

Steel Magnolias coming to the Droichead Centre

Drogheda drama enthusiasts will be pleased to read that St. Brigid's Drama Group rehearsal schedule has been up and running since early January.

Following on the auditioning for Robert Harling's acclaimed play, "Steel Magnolias", a very promising array of talent made the cast selection process less than easy - the type of difficulty a casting director is happy to experience!

So once again St. Brigid's "Steel Magnolias" will bring a mixture of new and familiar faces to its forthcoming production - a tragic-comic testimony to the inner strength of a group of women as they support each other while facing the ups and downs that life holds for them.

The director chosen for this production, Barbara Carr, has been responsible for highly successful St. Brigid's productions in recent years such as, "The Cripple of Irishman" by Martin Mc Donagh and "Lady Windermere's" Fan by Oscar Wilde.

Barbara will no doubt draw on this wealth of experience to deliver another enjoyable dramatic night's entertainment with "Steel Magnolias", a comic drama which explores the relationships of a group of women in northwest Louisiana and the ebb and flow of their friendships, as their lives revolve around the central character who has a serious life-threatening medical condition.

The action takes place 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 wisecracking Truvy dispenses shampoos 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 towards tragedy when in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy with the inherent danger of forfeit of her life. The sudden realisation of the mortality of their lives affects the others but also draws on the underlying strength - and love - which gives the play, and the characters the special quality to make them truly touching , funny and marvellously amiable company in good times and bad

Steel Magnolias, set mainly in an in-home beauty parlour has a number of strong female roles to be played. St. Brigid's Drama Group are always looking to encourage new acting talent onto the stage and once again are confident their audiences will be well pleased with the outcome.

The cast members are Camilla Healy, Myra Bolger, Eliza Matthews, Gillian Durnin, Jeanette Ballard and Deirdre Kennedy and as usual will have the solid support of the St. Brigid's production team behind them.

The production team includes Andrew Bacon, Robin Barnes, Martina Reddan, Eoghan Darcy, Ailbhe Kennedy, Sarah Mac Ardle, Maire Devine, Fionna O' Sullivan, Anne Boland, Olivia Foley, Kay Mc Ginty, Nuala Clayton, Brenda Gillespie, Fintan Harmon, Ambrose Mc Ginnity, Des Mc Ginty, John Clayton.

St. Brigid's production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling will be performed in the Droichead Arts Centre for five nights, April 17th-21st, 2018 - dates worth marking in the diary if you enjoy an entertaining and uplifting night out at the theatre.

Drogheda Independent