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Growing 'Steel Magnolias' in Talent

Camelot Theatre Company will open the third show in its 2007 season with the poignant comedy "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. "Steel Magnolias" previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, 26. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27 and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 27, at 101 Talent Ave., Talent. There will be a Pay-What-You-Can performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.

"Steel Magnolias" opened in New York in 1987 and was revived on Broadway in 2005 starring Marsha Mason and Delta Burke. The movie version starring Dolly Parton, Sally Fields, Julia Roberts and Shirley MacLaine was nominated for numerous Academy and Golden Globe Awards.

Harling based his play on the relationship between his mother and sister. It tells the story of a group of gossipy Southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor. The play is alternately hilarious and touching and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength, compassion and support among close friends.

Bob Herried directs the Camelot production of "Steel Magnolias." Active in theatre for 35 years, Herried directed last season's "An American Daughter" and has appeared on the Camelot stage as Harry Brock in "Born Yesterday," Marco the Magnificent in "Carnival," and Richard Burbage in "Beard of Avon."

"Steel Magnolias" features Camelot veterans Priscilla Quinby as Ouiser, Renee Hewitt and Wendy Spurgeon, sharing the role of Truvy, Judith Rosen as Clairee, Jazzmin Parker as Annelle and mother and daughter Dianna Warner and Kaitie Warner-Falk as mother and daughter M'Lynn and Shelby.

A Broadway veteran with numerous regional credits, Quinby has appeared at Camelot in "Spotlight on the Andrews Sisters," "The Dresser," "A Little Night Music," "Judgment at Nuremburg," "Inherit the Wind" and "An American Daughter." Hewitt recently played Aldonza in Camelot's production of "Man of La Mancha" and has appeared in "Spotlight on Julie Andrews" as Julie Andrews and Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker." A director and choreographer, Spurgeon holds a bachelor of fine arts in theatre performance. Other credits include OSF, Rogue Opera, Rogue Music Theatre, Oregon Cabaret and OSW. She was last seen at Camelot as Maria in "Man of La Mancha" and the Stepmother in "Into the Woods."

Rosen appeared as Anne in Camelot's "The Beard of Avon," Blanche in "Brighton Beach Memoirs," Teresa in "The Memory of Water" (OSW), Margaret in "Artichoke" (ACT) and Lizzie in "The Rainmaker" (Actors Theater). Parker has performed in "An American Daughter" and "Miracle Worker" at Camelot. Dianna Warner has recently appeared in "Into the Woods," "A Little Night Music," "Beard of Avon" and "Oliver." She will direct "Shakespeare in Hollywood" at Camelot this summer. Kaitie Warner-Falk appeared as Cinderella in "Into the Woods" and Martha Jefferson in "1776" at Camelot. She studied opera at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

The production team for "Steel Magnolias" includes stage manager Mandy Andersen and Camelot's resident designers: costumer Emily Ehrlich Inget; set designer, properties master and master carpenter Don Zastoupil and lighting designer Bart Grady. Sound design is by Brian O'Connor.

Tickets are $10 for previews. All other regular performances are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Student rush tickets are $10 and are available 10 minutes before show time, subject to availability. Reservations are recommended. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and one hour before performances.

To reserve tickets, see or call 535-5250.