ARKANSAS CITY — Steel Magnolias is a beautiful story of love, friendship, and life. Six longtime friends in the small town of Chinquapin, Louisiana fill Truvy’s hair salon with laughter, gossip, and tears. Truvy’s new assistant, Annelle, sociable M’Lynn, and her pretty daughter bride-to-be Shelby, as well as the hysterical bickering Ouiser and Clairee, support each other with love, laughter, and beauty products. As hair is dried, dyed and styled, women’s lives unfold and show the meaning of true friendship.
A classic favorite in the history of Cowley College, directors Cara Kem and John Dylon Rohr with Julian Cornejo as the student director, have found a new twist. This year’s production will be staged in the round, which brings the audience right into the action. The show plays February 15-17 at the Robert Brown Theater at 7:30 p.m. A limited amount of tickets remain on sale and can be purchased at www.cowley.edu/boxoffice, or by calling 620-441-5570.
In the round means the audience sits all around the stage area, raised similar to stadium seating. The Robert Brown Theatre is being turned into a ‘blackbox” allowing all of the seating to be built onto the stage. Audience members will enter the auditorium as usual, and then they’ll make their way onto the stage. There is also a special path and seating for those needing handicap accessibility.
The ensemble cast includes freshmen Unique Wilson, Antoinette Morris, Raeven Blackbull, Cassidy Harriger, and sophomores Jazmynn Burris and Courtney Wallace.