LIMA — A female cast of six stars in Encore Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias”which opens tonight and continues into next weekend.
This is veteran director Joe Warnement’s third time directing this play. He has also directed musicals and bigger productions for Encore like “Footloose,” “The King and I,” “Sound of Music,” “White Christmas” and “Little Women.”
“We’ve been focusing a lot on the emotion of the story and the comedy in the show and timing of delivery of lines and things like that,” said Warnement.
The plot is the same on stage as in the film.
“There are four scenes and two acts. All take place in Truvy’s hair salon,” said Warnement.
Warnement is especially pleased with the set that depicts the salon.
“We created a shell of a set. You can totally see through the whole set. There are no walls or anything, it just has the studded structure and a window. You can see the action taking place outside the house’s window. But to me the shell of the set represents the shell of our human life experience as well. So that’s kind of my in-depth thinking of the show because life is so precious. When it boils down to it, if you don’t have people in your life, you’d have no life at all. These ladies are all there for each other,” said Warnement.
While the play is billed as a comedy/drama, Warnement believes the audience will feel good at the end.
”It’s definitely not going to be one of those shows where you’re going to go away and think, ‘Boy, that was a downer,’ or, ‘That was depressing,’ or anything like that. Because when you have those few moments of drama in the show, it bounces right back and goes right back into the comedy,” said Warnement. “I’m excited to get an audience in there for these ladies.”
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.