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NSU Theatre to perform 'Steel Magnolias'

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From left are cast members Ashley Webster, Jessica Miller, Alisha Munds, Mona Nasrawi, Shannon Komlosfske and Tyra Morrison. From left are cast members Ashley Webster, Jessica Miller, Alisha Munds, Mona Nasrawi, Shannon Komlosfske and Tyra Morrison.

NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Northwestern State University to stage popular play written by alum and Natchitoches native.

NSU's Department of Theatre and Dance is set to perform "Steel Magnolias" - a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in a small northwest Louisiana town.

Performances will take place in the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts' Treen Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on April 2-5 and April 8-11. A matinee will be held on April 6 at 2 p.m.   

Natchitoches native and NSU alum Robert Harling based the play on his experience with his sister's death. The title suggests the female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel. A writer friend following the death advised him to write it down to come to terms with the experience. He did but originally as a short story by which his nephew to get an understanding of the child's deceased mother. It eventually evolved in ten days to a play performed Off Broadway before being adapted into the locally filmed movie in 1989. 

Dr. Vicki Parrish, professor of theatre, is director. The cast includes Ashley Webster of Bossier City as Truvy, Mona Nasrawi of Covington as Annelle, Shannon Komlosfske of Alvin, Texas, as Clairee, Tyra Morrison of St. Francisville as Ouizer, Alisha Munds of Shreveport as M'Lynn and Jessica Miller of Mansfield as Shelby. 

Reservations are required. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors over 65 and children 12 and under.  Admission is free to students enrolled in NSU, LSMSA and Bossier Parish Community College@NSU with current ID and sticker. For ticket information and to make reservations, contact Jane Norman at (318) 357-4483.

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