Monday, June 19, 2017

Local talent in ‘Steel Magnolias’ are the best

Cast of Steel Magnolias
Usually when a major actor or actress comes out on stage at the beginning of a show, the crowd gives them a rousing round of applause; yet this was not the case for Gilligan’s Island’s star Dawn Wells.  Maybe no one recognized her in costume when she came out because she wasn’t the familiar Mary Ann that we knew and loved, nonetheless, the Alhambra Theater & Dining selected a great show when they chose Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias”.

All in all, the show is fantastically funny and nostalgic in comparison to the 1989 movie classic.  You may recall the cast of characters back then, with the talented actresses in the 2017 show: Truvy (Dolly Parton) - Patti Eyler*, Annelle (Daryl Hannah) - Lexi Langs*, Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) - Cheryl Horne*, Shelby (Julia Roberts) - Rebecca Lea Chisholm, M’lynn (Sally Field) - Lisa Valdini*, and Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) - Dawn Wells*.  * denotes Actors’ Equity Association.  You may note that some of the performers are regulars to the Alhambra (Lisa Valdini, Patti Eyler and Lexi Langs), and out-of-towners Cheryl Horne and Rebecca Lea Chisholm bring loads of humor and well-rehearsed acting to the Jacksonville Dinner-Theatre stage.

First Course (top) & one Dessert
The actresses recreated the movie with creative lines under the tutelage of Producer/Director Tod Booth* and wig designer Patty Pitts did a fantastic job of selecting appropriate hair styles for the show.  Stage Designer Ian Black did a wonderful job with creating the southern Louisiana beauty salon.  You will laugh and almost cry as you engage with the ladies in “Steel Magnolias”.

Steel Magnolias
DATES: May 24 — June 25, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.  To see the menu, Click HERE.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
**Price does NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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