If you are a lover of Kathy Bates movies than you know and love the movie Steel Magnolias; which has been one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time. The movie makes you laugh, cry, makes you angry and fall in love over and over again and it is amazing. Which is why I got terribly excited at the thought of an all female stage production of Steel Magnolias right here in Vancouver.
Starting February 14th and running all the way until March 8th, 2020 right in the heart of Granville Island here in Vancouver at the Nest. Boone Dog Productions is bringing some of Vancouver’s best female talent to bring to life this amazing story.
“Steel Magnolias is a powerful story about the healing nature of friendship — an incredibly important message in our fast-paced and increasingly lonely society today,” says actor and co-producer Lalainia Lindbjerg, who plays the matriarchal role of M’Lynn. “We all have an intrinsic need for deep, interconnected friendships; humans were never meant to live our lives alone. And with the emergence of a multitude of bold female voices in the #MeToo era, Steel Magnolias presents an image of collective strength that helps us imagine a world with more examples of female leadership.”
Mirroring the real-world interactions of its all-female cast, many of whom have worked together on productions in recent years, Boone Dog Productions’ presentation of Steel Magnolias brings together a group of six luminary performers: Jaime Percy (Belle in Theatre Under the Stars’ Beauty and the Beast) as Shelby, Lalainia Lindbjerg (Winifred Banks in Theatre Under the Stars’ Mary Poppins) as M’Lynn, Gillian Barber (Dr. Hess in Supernatural and Alice Adler in The Man in the High Castle) as Clairee, Ranae Miller (Mary Poppins in Theatre Under the Stars’ Mary Poppins) as Annelle, Sheryl Anne Wheaton (Rosie in Theatre Under the Stars’ Mamma Mia) as Truvy, and Chy (Amanda in Theatre in the Country’s The Glass Menagerie) as Ouiser.
Directed by acclaimed director and producer Shel Piercy, the play features set design by Francesca Albertazzi (head of design for the hit television show Love It or List It Vancouver, set designer for three seasons of Theatre Under the Stars) and costumes by award-winning costumer Christina Sinosich (Theatre Under the Stars, Gateway Theatre).
Boone Dog Productions’ presentation of Steel Magnolias will also partner with the BC Diabetes Research Network and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (Diabetes Group), in an effort to raise awareness of the need for continued research and support for type 1 diabetes in Canada. Which means you will get an amazing show and a chance to help out a great cause!