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STEEL MAGNOLIAS (article first published : 2003-03-23)

Greg King’s KickstArt Theatre Company is pleased to announce that their 2002 festive season hit Steel Magnolias will be presented at the Hilton College Theatre from April 23 to 26.

First staged in 1987, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias is a bitter-sweet human comedy set in the deep south of America about six very special friends who, despite their differences, are bonded together by their mutual triumphs and tragedy. Together these lovable characters survive the cycles of life, birth and death to emerge stronger, closer ….. and still laughing!

The play formed the base for the popular 1980’s movie where Julia Roberts, Shirley Maclaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah, Dolly Parton and Sally Field beautifully portrayed the six delightful women.

Greg King has assembled a strong cast of six of KZN’s top actresses. Popular actress/singer Kate Bruce (currently appearing in Fourplay at The Backstage) is beauty shop owner Truvy and Carol Trench, best known as the stunning jazz vocalist at Zack’s, plays mousey newcomer to town Anelle.

FNB Vita Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress 2002 winners respectively, Vera Clare and Alison Cassels play ascerbic but lovable Ouiser and elegant widow Clairee.

Filling the role that put a young Julia Roberts on the Hollywood map, is much talked-about theatre newcomer Olivia Borgen as Shelby, the strong-willed and impulsive bride-to-be. KickstArt is especially pleased to welcome ex-Durban actress Susan Monteregge back to the city to play Shelby’s mother, M’Lynn.

Vera Clare and Olivia Borgen are currently appearing in Greg King’s The Memory of Water which has been so successful that it has been extended at the Kwasuka Theatre until April 5.

Performances are from April 23 to 26 at 19h30 from Wednesday to Saturday with an additional matinee performance at 14h30 on Saturday. Bookings can be made at the theatre on 033 343 0126.

NB: KickstArt and the Hilton College Theatre have come to an agreement that all KickstArt productions will move on to Hilton, thus giving Midlands audiences a chance to benefit from the work of this company which produces work of a consistently high standard.




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