In a small town in Louisiana, six women gather at the local beauty salon to share the ups and downs of their lives. Outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and advice, with the help of her shy new assistant, Annelle. Local curmudgeon, Ouiser, and eccentric millionaire, Clairee, snipe at each other, while local social leader, M’lynn plans her daughter Shelby’s wedding. When tragedy strikes, however, the women pull together in this play about life, laughter, love, loss, and the inner strength that helps us go on.
Ashton Dollar (M’Lynn Eatenton) – Ashton is a senior and this is her sixth LRCA production. Previous roles include The Little Mermaid (Adella), (The Westing Game (Angela Wexler), Annie Get Your Gun (Sleeping Car Porter, Ensemble) and The Iliad (Queen Helen). She has starred and co-starred in nearly a dozen video curriculum series for High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources used in over 10,000 churches worldwide. Ashton also write and produces segments for her own You Tube channel which has over 18,000 subscribers. She has performed in multiple stage productions at her church, North Little Rock First Assembly of God. She is also in her second year of employment as a video editor for High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources. When not performing, Ashton leads worship for her church’s student ministry, REALITY and children’s ministry, S.L.A.M.
Abby Jolliff (Shelby Eatenton) – Abby is a junor and this is her fifth time on the LRCA stage. Previous productions include The Little Mermaid (Flotsam), The Westing Game (Edna Plum), Annie Get your Gun (Jessie Oakley) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine Harper). She is Vice-President of the Thespian Troupe and a member of the College Rep Squad and the Warrior Choir.
Harrison Kuhn (Clairee Belcher) – Harrison is a junior and this is her third LRCA production. Previous roles include The Westing Game (Otis Amber) and Annie Get Your Gun (Ensemble). She is an active member of the LRCA Art Society, Thespian Troupe Secretary and former President of the Creative Writing Club.
Allie Mooney (Ouiser Boudreaux) – Allie is a sophmore and last played the roles of Sea Creature and Chef in The Little Mermaid. Other roles include The Westing Game (Flora Baumback). Allie is a member of the LRCA Honors Ensemble and All Region Choirs and Thespian Troupe. She is also volunteers her time as American Heart Association Sweetheart and with the James 127 Foundation.
Taylor Moran (Annelle Dupuy-Desoto) – Taylor is a junior and her most recent roles include The Little Mermaid (Princess) and Summer at the Rep. Other roles include The Westing Game (Dr. Sikes), The Lion King (Nala), Aladdin (Ensemble), and The Music Man (Ensemble). Taylor has trained with The Rep, The Anthony School, Young Performers of America, The Junior Theater Festival and with actor Blaine Krauss. Outside of the theatre, she enjoys singing and spending time with family and friends.
Christopher Roach (Radio DJ) – Christopher is a senior and this is his first LRCA production.
Meg Sinha (Truvy Jones) - Meg is a junior and last played the role of Aquata in The Little Mermaid. Other productions include The Westing Game (Judge Ford), Once on This Island (Erzulie) at The Rep, Aladdin (Jasmine) and The Little Mermaid (Allana) at The Anthony School. When she is not on the stage she enjoys playing the guitar and taking voice lessons. Meg is also a junior class representative in Student Government Association and a Thespian Troupe Officer.
Director - Kay Basham
Kay has been working with drama productions at Little Rock Christian Academy since 2002. During this time, she has been involved in over thirty projects from evenings of “one-acts” to fully staged musicals. She holds a BA in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Kay is married to Chuck Basham. They have one daughter, Conley, a 2004 LRCA “Kindergarten Club” graduate.
Production Manager - Hollie Shepherd
Hollie is the Theatre teacher for grades 5-12 at LRCA. She has a degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Communications from Henderson State University. While attending HSU, she was nominated as one of eight in the nation to student direct at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Mrs. Shepherd has been teaching and directing in public and private schools for the past thirteen years. She is married to Michael and together they have two young Warriors, Mason and Jordyn.
Costume Designer - Emily Garner
This is her third LRCA production and Steel Magnolias is her first play to apprentice a student costume team. Emily’s love of performance and stagecraft dates back to high school. She is a Harding University alum with an MA in Public History from the USC. Emily is the happy mom of three boys and partners with her husband, Michael, in their restoration contracting business, Pro Service Builders.
Stage Manager - Lily Margaret Greenway
Lily Margaret is a sophomore and last appeared on the LRCA stage in The Little Mermaid (Windward, Chef, Sea Creature). Previous productions include The Westing Game (Turtle Wexler), The Nutcracker at the Houston Repertoire Theatre (Party Girl, Mouse, Soldier) and Old Testament Fast Forward (Female Lead). She has trained with the Arkansas Repertoire Theater Teen Conservatory Program and performed with the Universal Cheer Association All American Team in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade and danced with the Houston Ballet Company. She is a member of the LRCA Thespian Troupe, Honors Spanish Society and a horseback rider. Lily Margaret thank her very supportive family who always inspires her to pursue her dreams and do what she loves, Mrs. Shepherd for her encouragement and challenging her to grow and God for constantly opening new doors and providing new opportunities.
Costume Team -
- Costume Facilitator - Rachel Rainey
- Costumes for Annelle and Truvy - Grace Caroline Gardner
- Costumes for Ouiser - Emilee Hagewood
- Costumes for M'Lynn and Shelby - Eden Wilkerson
- Assistant to Emily Garner - Lyndsey Gardner
Make Up and Hair Teams -
Heidi Denny, Carly Faulk, Ashlyn Davis, Kissten Tinkle, Mairyn McGilvray, Ms. Elizabeth Hill
Lighting and Sound Assistant -
Assistant Stage Manager -
Hannah Van Brimer
Props and Set Assistants -
- Friday, Nov 3 at 7:00pm
- Saturday, Nov 4 at 2:30pm
- Saturday, Nov 4 at 7:00pm
- Sunday, Nov 5 at 2:30pm
All Tickets are General Admission Seating.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office 30 minutes before each show.