Southern charm and determination combine

Cranbrook Community Theatre's production of 'Steel Magnolias' opens Friday, Nov. 16.

  • Nov. 7, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The cast of Cranbrook Community Theatre’s “Steel Magnolias” is excited to bring this much loved story to area audiences. (L to R) Elizabeth Ross

The tight bonds of friendship and family are featured in Cranbrook Community Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias”.

Directed by Bob McCue, “Steel Magnolias” follows Truvy (Susan Hanson) who runs a beauty parlour out of her house.  One of her valued clients, M’Lynn (Michelle McCue) has a daughter (Kirsten Kasner) who suffers through the trials and tribulations of being a newly married diabetic. Throw in a couple of old biddies, Clairee (Elizabeth Ross) and Ouiser (Joanne Wilkinson) for comic effect and add in a poor innocent young hairdresser (Hannah Van der Roest) who doesn’t know what to make of all of this.

“Steel Magnolias is a great play with a widespread following. It has great emotional impact and this project gave me an opportunity to work with six of the finest actresses in the area,” said McCue. “The relationship between the actresses is very special. They’ll make you laugh and they’ll make you cry -bring Kleenex!”

“Steel Magnolias” opens on Friday, Nov. 16, and McCue hinted there may be a “Bleeding Armadillo Cake” at the opening night reception. The show runs Nov 16-17, 21-24, and Nov. 28-Dec 1.  Tickets are now available at Lotus Books.

After “Steel Magnolias,” CCT is presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life,” opening Dec 7, followed by “Enchanted April,” in April, 2013. CCT’s production of “Our Town” will now be presented in May, 2014.

CCT has been entertaining Cranbrook and area audiences for over 50 years. We strive to promote and develop local talent; on stage, behind the scenes, or in the director’s chair.  CCT believes theatre, music, dance, and art play an important part in the community. We are pleased to call the Studio/Stage Door home.

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