Fernie women take on Steel Magnolias

Move over Hollywood! This cast of six local Fernie women are proving they are as delicate as flowers, but as tough as nails.

Move over Hollywood! This cast of six local Fernie women are proving they are as delicate as flowers, but as tough as nails in their performance of Steel Magnolias. Directed by theatre professional extraordinaire, Denise Baughan, the classic comedy-drama will open at The Arts Station tonight.

Centred on the strength of community and the bonds of friendships, Denise chose to produce Steel Magnolias for the themes that she feels ties into Fernie’s history and past.

Audiences will remember the blockbuster Hollywood film Steel Magnolias, featuring an all-star cast including Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, and Julia Roberts.

The story revolves around a group of southern women in northwest Louisiana. The action centres on Truvy’s beauty parlour and the women who gather there. Beginning on the morning of Shelby’s wedding, Steel Magnolias covers the events over the next three years, the ups and downs of life, and the bonds of friendship that see us through it all.

Originally written for the stage, The Arts Station will return Magnolias to its roots using the original script, produced in 1987 by Robert Harling.

Come out to see The Arts Station theatre as you have never seen it before, completely transformed into a 1980’s beauty parlour.

The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. on April 18, 19, and 20. Tickets are available at the door and online at www.steelmagnoliasfernie.eventbrite.com.

Tickets: Arts Station Members $12, Non Members $15, Youth $10.