Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

 Plot Synopsis:




A story of love and friendship, a story of relationships, of loss and grief      but most of all a story of how a family and a community lived through it all.

6 Females:  2 young -  20s

                     2 middle-aged - 40s

                     2 young seniors - 60s



Shelby: Roughly 25-year-old diabetic young lady. Prettiest girl in town and loved by all.  She has a very strong mind of her own that often comes into conflict with that of her mother. Her overwhelming desire to be a mother results in her endangering and ultimately giving up her own life.

Annelle: A very shy twenty-year-old hairdresser who finds a job and friends during a difficult and confusing time in her life. She goes from a very soft-spoken person to one who speaks her mind.  She becomes a bible-loving Christian who wears her heart on her sleeve.

Truvy: 40-year-old owner of a small-town beauty shop. She knows and shares everyone’s business. She’s a true Southern Belle and saavy businesswoman. She always has advice for you, which often is delivered in the form of country sayings. Her shop is the setting for the entire play.

M’Lynn: 50-year-old mother of Shelby. She is over-protective at times and always finds the need to have a firm grasp on the world. Works at a mental health center and is in a state of constant worry.  She'll do anything for Shelby, including put her own health at risk.

Clairee: 60-year-old widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin. She is wealthy and also knows everyone’s business. She is the sarcastic member of the group. She loves to laugh and has a knack for poking fun at the little things that upset others.  She is a long-time friend of Ouiser.

Ouiser (pronounced Weezer): She is the same age as Clairee.  She is a wealthy old bitty, who often comes across as being miserable and grumpy.  However, her unique personality and sense of humor brings a great relief in the serious scenes. She is very close to Clairee.

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