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Steel Magnolias to bloom on Cowra stage

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

The cast of the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society’s upcoming production of Steel Magnolias. Top row (l-r) Kelly Luthje, Sheryl-Ann Pulling, Kate Smith, Tasha Bellamy. Bottom row: Kerrie Bailey and Jenny Friend.

It has been hailed as a celebration of women and the funniest play ever to make you cry; and in two weeks Cowra audiences will have the chance to see for themselves why Steel Magnolias is one of the world’s most loved plays when it is brought to the Civic Centre stage by the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society (M&D).

Written by American playwright Robert Harling and based on his own experience with his sister's death, Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of southern women in northwest Louisiana.

Steel Magnolia’s is a classic piece of American theatre that transitions well to the Australian stage. With a strong female ensemble cast covering a range of ages, it provides a window into the lives of a small group of women who have no secrets and pull no punches as they invite the audience into their world.

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in the fictional town of Chinquapin, where the ladies of the neighbourhood regularly come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (Tasha Bellamy) - who is not sure whether or not she is still married, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy (Kelly Luthje) dispenses shampoos, cuts and free advice to a close knit group who include the quarrelsome Ouiser (Kerry Bailey) - an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (Jenny Friend) – the widow of the former mayor, local social leader M'Lynn (Sheryl-Ann Pulling), and her daughter, Shelby (Kate Smith) - the most fashionable girl in town, who is about to marry a "good ole Southern boy”.

The Cowra M&D’s three performance run of Steel Magnolias debuts at the Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Friday, 21 October. It is followed by two 3pm matinees on Saturday, 22 October and Sunday, 23 October. Tickets are available on-line at:, by phone at 02 6340 2130 or from the Cowra Civic Centre Box Office – 104 Darling Street Cowra.

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