The main cast for the play, seen posing like the cover for the 1989 film. From left to right:Cierra Ochoa, Isabela Ochoa (Senior), Reagan Cheshire (Senior), Sara Johnson, Emmaleigh Marvel (Senior), Alyse Fiedler (Senior)
Students at Kennedy Secondary School are gearing up for the spring play “Steel Magnolias,” which will be performed May 11-14 at A Center for the Arts, downtown Fergus Falls.
The play was written by Robert Harling, an American author, and originally debuted on the stage in 1987. It is a comedy-drama about the bonding among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. In 1989, the play was adapted to film and with an all-star cast, it was well received.
“Steel Magnolias has been a favorite of mine for many years,” stated Allee Nickolauson, director for the spring play. “I’ve always wanted to do this play and now we have the cast to do it with four amazing senior girls who have been in multiple plays and are really talented.”
The first week of March is when the cast and crew started to put things together. Overall, there are 12 cast members and eight crew members. The cast is split into two groups of six, with there being an understudy group. They will perform on the 12th. There is experience with the tech crew, which has made things easier, according to Nickolauson.
May 7 will be the set move day at AC4TA. Allowing for the stage to be built and ready for dress rehearsal.
“It’s a classic so there could be high expectations,” said Nickolauson. “Initially the cast might not have realized how challenging it was going to be … throwing in a few snow days where we didn’t get to practice, makes things interesting.”
Helping out with production is Mallory Johnson, who is doing costumes. Charlee Ugstad is helping with wigs, props and set pieces. Nickolauson also mentioned the help of the theater boosters and Stef Gerhardson, at M State, has been very helpful as the college did the play back in 2017.
Show times will be at 7 p.m. May 11-13 and then at 2 p.m., on May 14. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
“Please come out and see this classic … the cast and crew will not disappoint,” exclaimed Nickolauson!
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