LOUDONVILLE — The Mohican Community Theatre will present the play "Steel Magnolias" for four performances at the Ohio Theatre in downtown Loudonville.
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 12, 13 and 14, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for children 4 years old and younger. Presale tickets are available at Lingenfelter Jewelers in downtown Loudonville, at The Ohio Theatre box office or online at www.theohiotheatre.com. Tickets also will be available at the door for each show.
"Steel Magnolias" was written in 1987 by American author Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister’s death. It is a comedy-drama about the bond between six Southern women in northwest Louisiana. As the title suggests, these women are as beautiful and delicate as magnolias, but as tough as steel.
The cast includes Mona McMullen, who will be playing Truvy, whose beauty shop is the only scene in the play; Hannah Cooper as Annelle, Renata Lunt as Clairie, Sally Hollenbach as M’Lynn, Bethany Herman as Shelby and Traci Cooper as Oiuser.
Hollenbach and Deaunna Morgan are directing the show with the hope that it will help to raise awareness for organ donation.
Hollenbach said the Mohican theater group chose "Steel Magnolias" "because previously we have done two plays a year, a musical in June and a Christmas show in December. This year, we decided that we wanted to expand the lineup to offer more variety for the community as well as have more performing opportunities for people. We thought it would be best to add in two shows with smaller casts in-between our two bigger shows.
"Since I was going to be the first director for this new expanded lineup, ‘Steel Magnolias’ was the first play that I wanted to do," Hollenbach added. "I loved the movie when it came out in 1989. Then when I was in college I had the opportunity to see a live performance of ‘Steel Magnolias’ and fell in love with it. I have wanted to do this show ever since. I love that the six women in this show are smart, sassy and real. Playing the role of M’Lynn has always been a dream for me and now I’m finally old enough to play her. My husband, Grant Hollenbach, even gets to play a cameo role in this show in a very unique and fun way. People will have to come to the show to find out how."
Hollenbach called the cast for the play "incredible."
"Talk about a dream team of actresses," she said. "It has been wonderful working with each of them as well as co-directing with Deaunna Morgan. We always seem to laugh a lot in rehearsals and have bonded in a very special way during this show. If the audience laughs half as much as what we have, then they will leave the theater feeling great."
Hollenbach added "with this production we hope to help raise awareness for organ donation. We have teamed up with Lifebanc of Ohio, which is a nonprofit that handles organ donation in NE Ohio. They are providing brochures that will give people an opportunity to sign up to be an organ donor."