Set in the 1980s in Truvy’s hair salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, this play will warm your heart and leave you feeling cosy and content right to the very end. Directed by Valerie Miller, Steel Magnolias follows the trials and tribulations of the six friends over three years. The soul of the play focuses on the loving companionship and solidarity the six women have between them. These Southern gals are there for each other as they sling witty sayings and tease each other.
Imagine you are waking up in the bridal suite of a gracious country-house hotel somewhere outside London. Imagine you are the bridegroom, due to be married that very day. Imagine that you roll over and find an attractive woman in bed beside you – but it is not your fiancé! You now have a perfect picture of the opening scene of a Perfect Wedding by Robin Hawdon, the new production at Arts Theatre Cronulla.
Based on the original operetta Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, and featuring an identical score, Bluegum Widow has a distinctly Australian flavour. Set in the Australian Embassy in Paris 1901, with the action moving to a Parisian apartment, it's a story about love lost and found, mistaken identity (or was it?), Aussie vernacular confusing the “Frenchies”, and Parisian cultured society versus the unsophisticated Australian abroad. The poor Aussies are rather out of their depth in sophisticated Paris and would not survive without their wily French translator.
The challenge of playing one of the most iconic characters in musical theatre history is what drove Charmaine Gibbs to audition for the lead role in MoonGlow Productions’ upcoming season of Mary Poppins.
Now one of Wollongong’s best-known leading ladies is prepared to take that challenge head-on, when MoonGlow Productions season of the Disney classic hits the WIN Entertainment Centre between July 9-11.