Centre Theatre
110 South Bickford Avenue
El Reno, Oklahoma 73036
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We are excited to announce that Centre Theatre for the Arts is partnering with LaRoche Rose to offer Dinner and a Show for “Steel Magnolias. Please note that for the 7pm performances dinner will be at 5:30pm at LaRoche Rose (next to The Centre Theatre). For the 2pm performances dinner will be at 4:30pm. Menu: Lasagne or Gnocchi, salad, Italian dressing, cheesecake, a beverage. Seating for dinner is limited. If you would like tickets to just a performance please go to this page: https://elreno.wellattended.com/events/steel-magnolias-1 THE STORY: The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
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