Second Street Players opens its 2013 season with the hilarious and touching “Steel Magnolias” on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford, DE. The play runs for two weekends with performances on Jan. 25 – 27 and Feb. 1 – 3. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and may be reserved online at secondstreetplayers.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.
Robert Harling’s 1987 off-Broadway sensation and subsequent smash film, “Steel Magnolias” illustrates how the lives of six distinctly different women weather the storms of their lives through the small town gossip they share at Truvy’s hair salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. The ladies face every event in their lives – whether joyful or heartbreaking – with grace, strength, plenty of humor and always perfectly done hair.
Director Ben Lonski, who recently directed Second Street’s fall production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” has a cast of true theatre veterans playing the six southern gals. Linda Killion of Lewes plays Truvy, Kristen Boehmer (Dover) plays M’Lynn, Tara Megee (Georgetown) plays Shelby, Debra Passwaters (Milford) plays Annelle, Deanna Duby (Milton) plays Ouiser, and Tommye Staley (Lincoln) plays the wise-cracking Clairee who quips, “If you can’t find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me.” Ben himself has directed 4 Second Street Players productions and has been involved with over 20 shows including the positions of Assistant Director,Stage Manager and cast member.
“I have always enjoyed the story, I was one of the ones that sat there in the theatre and cried,” commented Director Lonski. “I really like how it demonstrates the unlikely friendships that all of us encounter in life and how many times they become the most important. My cast has come to the table with a lot of experience and made this performance so much fun to be a part of.”
Truvy Jones, owner of the home-based beauty salon where the entire story takes place, will be played by Linda Killion of Lewes. Although Linda is a veteran of the stage, performing with Possum Point Theatre in Georgetown and the Milton Theatre Group, this will be Linda’s first production with Second Street players. She enjoys playing the character of Truvy and finds that she can identify with her role.
“Truvy is a fun character and we are a lot alike,” commented Linda. “She loves trying to keep the peace, be upbeat and be a good friend. The thing that is fun and difficult about her is how she goes from being sympathetic about something sad to immediately bringing the conversation back to being fun.”
M’Lynn Eatenton, a good friend of Truvy’s, will be played by Kristen Boehmer of Dover. This will be Kristen’s second performance with the Second Street Players, as she performed last year in Run For Your Wife. She has been performing since 1992 will Delaware groups including Kent County Theatre Guild and at the Smyrna Opera House. Kristen finds M’Lynn’s strength to be her most appealing characteristic.
“M’Lynn is so strong, she seems to come from a good family and so in control of her life,” commented Kristen. “Although there is no leading lady, you can feel how her strong independence is portrayed onto the group.”
Director Lonski guarantees that the characters will delight audiences as they laugh, cry, and teach us all a thing or two about life and how to live it. “Steel Magnolias” is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The production is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowments of the Arts.