Steel Magnolias brings laughter, friendship + hairspray to the Virginia Samford Theatre stage, April 13-23


Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias. (Virginia Samford Theatre)

It’s time to head to the beauty shop for pampering and all the town gossip during Virginia Samford Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias, April 13-23. Read on for a sneak peek at the talented cast bringing this beloved classic to life and why it will have you celebrating the power the love and friendship. Tickets on sale now

Event details

What: Steel Magnolias
Thursday, April 13-Sunday, April 23 | Thursday-Saturday, 7:30PM | Sunday, 2:30PM
Virginia Samford Theatre – Main Stage, 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Reserved Seating – $45 | Students – $23 (available at box office only)

Welcome to Miss Truvy’s beauty shop

Steel Magnolias
Friendships begin at the beauty shop. (Virginia Samford Theatre)

Welcome to Miss Truvy’s beauty shop, where “there’s no such thing as natural beauty.” Located in Chinquapin, Louisiana, it’s where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. It’s also where you’ll meet Virginia Samford Theatre’s amazing, all-female cast as they portray beloved Steel Magnolias roles:

  • Holly Dikeman as Truvy Jones beauty shop owner obsessed with hair
  • Sara Burris as ShelbyM’Lynn’s daughter and the prettiest girl in town
  • Flannery Whaley as Annelle: Truvy’s anxious and eager assistant
  • Celeste Burnum as Ouiser Boudreauxthe local curmudgeon
  • Melissa Bush Hallmark as M’Lynnan intelligent and compassionate soul
  • Jan D. Hunter as Clairee Belchera wealthy window and former first lady of Chinquapin
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Beautify. (Virginia Samford Theatre)

“The characters are timeless. The story highlights the bond between women and the way they support and build each other up. And, of course, the special, sometimes complicated, relationship between mothers and daughters is relatable to many of us.”

Melissa Bush Hallmark, Actress, Steel Magnolias

See Steel Magnolias at Virginia Samford Theatre, April 13-23. Tickets on sale now.

The storyline

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Steel Magnolias runs April 13-23. (Virginia Samford Theatre)

As the story begins, you’ll learn of Shelby’s engagement and how it’s the talk of the town. But the joy and excitement of her wedding turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. 

Amidst clouds of hairspray, laughter and gossip, you’ll discover the powerful friendship among a group of women as they laugh, cry and experience life’s highs and lows.

“Stories about women tend to get devalued in our culture, and Steel Magnolias is an example of that. It’s a funny, moving and well-crafted play about women’s friendships, connection and survival. I’m privileged to bring it to life, especially with this astounding cast. There’s something so right about having southern actors play these roles.”

David McMahon, Director

What to expect

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Steel Magnolias proves the importance of friendship. (Virginia Samford Theatre)

If you’ve never been to a Virginia Samford Theatre production, you’re in for a treat. With its incredible directors and talented performers creating season after season of must-see shows, you’re sure to have a wonderful experience whenever you go.

There’s no reason to wait when a classic like Steel Magnolias is coming up April 13-23.

“I hope the audience marvels at the talent of the cast. Birmingham is rich with gifted actors, and these women exemplify that.”

David McMahon, Director 
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Head to the beauty shop during Steel Magnolias. (Virginia Samford Theatre)

Satisfied smiles and tear-filled tissues aren’t the only things you can expect to take away from Virginia Samford Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias. According to the show’s cast, you’ll also feel uplifted, hopeful and encouraged.

“If nothing else, I hope that people leave the show inspired to foster deep relationships in their lives. The play shows us how short life really is and encourages us to focus on the things that matter most.”

Sara Burris, Actress, Steel Magnolias

Don’t miss your chance to see Steel Magnolias at the Virginia Samford Theatre, April 13-23. Get your tickets now.

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