The September rally supported the Limelight Actors Theater’s production of “Steel Magnolias”, playing September 14, through October 12 at the Gilroy Center for the Arts. This is an adaptation of the movie, with all of the action taking place in a beauty salon. The all-woman cast tells the story of small town Southern life, the sharing of joys and tragedies, and friends supporting friends. The men in the story exist only outside of the realm of the beauty parlor. However, they are very much present in the story as they are discussed, disected, exalted and dismissed in the wide-ranging discussions that take place between old friends.
Warning: You will need tissues during this performance!
The story is told with humor and compassion – there are many laugh-out-loud moments and memorable one-liners scattered throughout the play.
The Limelight Actors Theater has assembled two casts to present this story. The first cast, affectionately known as “the beehive cast”, consists of:
- Denee Lewis Bohnsack
- JoAnna Evans
- Joanne Englehardt
- Robin Harris
- Deanna McGill
- Roberta Vinkhuyzen Rasmussen
The behive cast performs from September 14 through the 28th.
The “boufante cast” takes over from September 29 through October 12.
- Betsy Andrade
- Jen Ellington
- Rosalind Farotte
- Donna M. Knippen
- Dana Morgan
- Rachel Perry
Both casts are ably directed by K. DaVette See.
Do not miss this play.
The “Bring Your Own Dinner” concept works well in this setting. Friends form groups and bring simple fare – salads and sandwiches – or multicourse banquets (the birthday party shown in the pictures needed TWO extra tables to lay out the spread). I bought a truly delicious takeout dinner (blackened salmon over a bed of steamed vegetables) from Garlic City Cafe. My companios put together a rustic meal of prosciutto, bread, mushrooms, cheese and other delicacies. Most of the tables brought at least one bottle of wine.
Everyone is in a pretty happy mood during the dinner, and it is a great opportunity to make new acquaintances and bump into old friends. You can always start a conversation talking about the food, then let the subject matter wander wherever you find interesting. I was taking pictures (as you see below), and a camera let me start conversations and take pictures of the other groups.
As you can see, once you get downtown, there are plenty of interesting people to meet and many fun experiences to share.
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