GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theatre Guild is preparing to reprise the 2015 hit production, Steel Magnolias, May 6-7 at the Bossard Memorial Library.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. both days. The production will also perform a special Mother’s Day showing at the Markay Theatre, in Jackson, at 3 p.m. May 8.
The beloved movie, “Steel Magnolias” began as a stage play and was based on a true story. Playwright, Robert Harling, wrote a short story based on the life and death of his sister (the inspiration for the character, Shelby). The short story developed into the stage play in only 10 days, and became part of American theatre history shortly thereafter.
In 2015, The Riverby Theatre Guild produced the play to sell-out audiences, and received rave reviews, with some audience members seeing the show more than once. Local actors played the six women who tell the story; Annie Roach as Truvy, Samantha Fooce as Annelle, Minda Hager as M’Lynn, Marah Hager as Shelby, Cynthia Sexton as Clairee, and Jenny Myers as Ouiser. The ladies all thoroughly loved their roles and were enthusiastic about reprising them for the 2016 performances. French art Colony and Riverby Theatre Guild Executive Director, Joseph Wright, directed the production, with assistance from Betsy Willet.
Tickets for the Gallipolis, Ohio performances, in the Riverside room of the Bossard Memorial Library, are available to be reserved in advance, by calling the French Art Colony, at 740-446-3834. Tickets will be $12 in advance and may also be purchased at the door. For more information on attending the Jackson, Ohio performance, at the Markay, visit www.markayjackson.org.
The RTG 2016 season of shows is sponsored by The French Art Colony, The Wolf 93.1, Big Country 99.5, and The Ohio Arts Council. For more information and ticket reservations, call the French Art Colony, 740-446-3834.