My take on Steel Magnolias

Wow! What a great performance. I attended the first night of three performances and was impressed by the talent of the six cast members.

Wow! What a great performance.

I attended the first night of three performances and was impressed by the talent of the six cast members.

Virginia Robinson was fabulous as Truvy with her quick wit and wonderful presence. The make-up, clothes and shoes were so vibrant, so unlike how Virginia dresses yet she played the part to a tee. I will remember her great one-liner, as Truvy made a statement in regards to doctors, “what do they know?”

Sandra Summerfield, M’Lynn, was incredible as she made me feel many things, as a mother can do. She was opinionated and compassionate almost at the same time. She made me laugh and she made me cry. She brought out a huge range of emotion in me and the entire audience.

Shelby Eatenton, the young woman played by Shelby Knudsen was the daughter who told her mother that she would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special. I could feel her desire to have a baby as she took the chance to get what she wanted and ultimately paid the price.

It was very evident that Heather Boyd embraced the character Clairee. She was spontaneous, whimsical, caring and, on occasion, selfish. A very likeable character who loves life.

Lynda Bird is far from the crabby character she portrayed as Ouiser.  She was fabulous with her door slamming, her impatience and got our attention as soon as she came on stage. Yet she had a compassionate side that is certainly more like her soft-spoken, kind self.

Annelle played by Liza Gareau Tosh was a very likeable, in-the-background kind of character. Yet when she needed to make a point she did with a lot of emotion.

What a group of talented women!  I feel so fortunate to live in a community with so much to offer. The Fernie & District Arts Council provides us with so many choices to expand our creative side as well as entertainment that is second-to-none.

Thank you to Denise Baughan for directing this great performance.

Hats off to the continued efforts of Courtney Baker and Jenn Woods for bringing so many good things to our community. Since this production I have become a member of the FDAC/The Arts Station. I feel it is important to support such a wonderful group who offers so much to me and my community.

 

Val Luznar-Purdy

Fernie