Love, Laughter and Friendship Triumph in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Opening at Waterville Opera House January 26

Love, Laughter and Friendship Triumph in STEEL MAGNOLIAS,  Opening at Waterville Opera House January 26

Inspired by the 1989 film classic, Steel Magnolias is revived through the Waterville Opera House! Sassy Southern humor and unbreakable friendships make this play one you don't want to miss!

Waterville, Maine -The Waterville Opera House (WOH) is proud to present the feel-good play about never-ending friendship - Steel Magnolias - January 26th through February 4th in downtown Waterville. Inspired by Robert Harling's 1987 play (based on the loss of his sister), and Herbert Ross' famous 1989 film, see this classic revival come to life on the historic Waterville Opera House stage this winter.

In Chinquapin, Louisiana, Truvy's beauty salon is where all the ladies who are "anybody" go to have their hair done. Truvy and Annelle dispense shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, the local social leader, M'Lynn, and the prettiest girl in town, Shelby. This play and its characters are truly touching, funny, and full of love and remarkable strength.

Share the powerful love that connects these strong women as you ride the rollercoaster of life with them. As they journey through ups and downs, these friends prove that you can be as delicate as a flower, while still remaining tough as steel. This play reminds us that while there are struggles in life, love and great friendship can conquer any obstacle fate sends our way. Full of memorable quotes you love from the movie, this play will have you "laughing through tears."

Steel Magnolias Showtimes*
January 26, 27 and February 2, 3 at 7:30pm
January 28 and February 4 at 2:00pm
*This show is rated PG-13 for profanity

Co-directed by Debra Susi and Beth Lambert, the talented cast of community actors performing in Steel Magnolias is:

Truvy Jones - Juli Brooks-Settlemire
Annelle Dupuy- Desoto - Emily Cates
Clairee Belcher - Nancy Carbone
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie - Sarah Johnson
M'Lynn Eatenton - Lisa Neal
Ouiser - Jeralyn Shattuck

Steel Magnolias runs January 26th through February 4th at the Waterville Opera House. Tickets are $21 for adults, and $19 for students/seniors. Only Orchestra seating available, as the Balcony will be closed for this production. WOH's 17-18 season programming is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Harold Alfond Foundation, Colby College, Golden Pond Wealth Management, Maine General Health, Kennebec Savings Bank, Central Maine Motors, Inland Hospital, GHM Agency, Sukeforth Family Charitable Foundation, Central Maine Newspapers, Marie Cormier, and JS McCarthy Printers. Steel Magnolias is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc, New York, NY. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

For more information or to reserve tickets call 873-7000 or visit

About The Waterville Opera House
The Waterville Opera House has been Central Maine's cultural center since 1902, treating audiences of all ages to the magic of the performing arts. The 810-seat venue has been host to theatrical productions, ballet performances, concerts, vaudeville and comedy acts, touring shows, as well as a variety of community celebrations and special events. Each year, the Opera House draws 30,000 patrons, reaches 4,000 students through its education performances, and features 250 youths in their theater camps and productions. From the classics to new releases the Waterville Opera House has a seat for you. For more information, visit

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