This weekend in Logan County you can see the talents of local actors in the Lady in Red Player’s version of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. This live production is directed by S Darlene Gooch and will be held Friday, Oct. 23rd and Sunday, Oct. 25th. Friday’s showing is a dinner theater which begins at 5:30 p.m. with showing at 7 p.m. Sunday lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the play starting at 2 p.m. All will take place at the historic Logan County Courthouse in Russellville.
JoAnn Nelson DeArmond, Donna Brown Wilkerson, Melanie Gragg Manley, Lydia Manley, Vickie Laster Costello and Amanda Seidler Wilson will bring alive a 1989 American comedy-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It is the film adaptation of Robert Harling’s 1987 play of the same name. The play and film are about the bond a group of different women share in a small-town southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own.
The characters of M’Lynn Eatenton will be played by Melanie Gragg Manley; Shelby Eatenton will be played by Lydia Manley; Truvy Jones will be played by Costello; Annelle Dupuy Desoto will be played by Wilson; Clairee Belcher will be played by Wilkerson, and Quiser Boudreaux will be played by DeArmond.
The Lady in Red Players is a new dinner theater group organized in Logan County by Gooch, who is the director for Main Street Russellville, and an actor herself. She began the group named after one of Russellville’s most famous women, Agnus Davis- better know as the Lady in Red- due to her love for theater. Gooch says she wanted to start a group not only to allow for acting opportunities for those in the community, but also to be able to offer entertainment for those who live here as well. Gooch also runs the Fourth Street Theater in Russellville, and is always trying to find ways to involve the citizens of Logan County.
Sorry but the dinner/lunch tickets had to be purchased by Thursday, Oct. 22, however, you can still get your tickets for the shows at the door on Friday and Sunday. Tickets for just the shows are $8.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.