“STEEL MAGNOLIAS” FINAL THEATRE PRODUCTION OF ECU’S 2016-17 FINE ARTS SEASON

Here is the cast for East Central University’s production of “Steel Magnolias,” set for Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in ECU’s Chalmers Herman Theatre inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Sitting in front is Casi Hembree as Annelle. Behind Hembree (from left) are Carolynn Stephens as Clairee and Leah Whiten as Ouiser. The back row (left to right) includes Vickie Reifsnider as M’Lynn, Taylor Packwood as Shelby and DeeDee Pennington as Truvy. The production is being directed by ECU senior student Maggie Payne.

“Steel Magnolias” will be the East Central University Theatre Department’s closing production of the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Season on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in the Chalmers Herman Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

“Steel Magnolias,” by Robert Harling, takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster, revolving around the lives of six women, all of which drastically different personalities that bring out the best in each other.

The play was copyrighted in 1987 and a motion picture was made, based on the play, in 1989.

The cast includes sophomore Taylor Packwood, of Shawnee, as Shelby; Vickie Reifsnider, ECU musical theatre director, as M’Lynn; freshman Cassandra Hembree, of Thackerville, as Annelle; senior Carolynn Stephens, of Sulphur, as Clairee; junior Leah Whiten, of Davis, as Ouiser and DeeDee Pennington, of Choctaw, as Truvy.

The production is being directed by ECU senior Maggie Payne, of Tishomingo.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and non-ECU students. ECU alumni receive a $1 discount and admission is free for all ECU students and employees with identification.

Box office hours are from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The box office is also open one hour prior to the start of the show. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 580-559-5751 or online at ecok.edu/FineArts.

 

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