Small-Town Southern Belles Share Shampoos and Gossip in Steel Magnolias at Jean’s Playhouse

steel-magnolias-rehearsalLincoln, New Hampshire – September 16, 2016 – Small-Town Southern Belles Share Shampoos and Gossip in Steel Magnolias at Jean’s Playhouse

Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Written by Robert Harling based on his experience with his sister’s death, the play opened off-Broadway in 1987 before being adapted into the 1989 film with Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. Steel Magnolias is “…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy” (NY Post). This all-female classic show will be playing September 22nd through October 1st, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with 2:00 matinee performances on Monday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 28. More information on this production can be found at www.jeansplayhouse.com.

Make an evening of supporting local arts on Saturday, September 24 and join us at 5:00 p.m. before that evening’s performance of Steel Magnolias for a special Meet the Artist reception. Robert Gordon’s exhibit “Painting the Landscape of New England” will be on display at Jean’s Playhouse through December 2016. Robert Gordon paints the mountains and rivers of New Hampshire, the villages and farms of Vermont and the coastline and harbors of Maine and Massachusetts. His painting style is broad and free-flowing, with detail kept to a minimum. His chosen subjects range from the intimacy of gardens and still-life to the wild grandeur of landscape and seascape. Bob has won over forty awards and has exhibited in one-man and national group shows all over the country. Bob teaches both beginning and advanced students in his gallery on the Kancamagus Highway in Conway. Please join us at Jean’s Playhouse on Saturday, September 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to meet and talk with Bob about his art work.

Jean’s Playhouse is proud to announce A White Mountains, NH Community Arts Event: SCROOGE! The Musical, this December 2016. A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. In SCROOGE! The Musical, the same cast of characters- Scrooge, Marley, the Cratchits, and more- will grace the stage, but now they will act, sing and dance their way into the hearts of the audience! By combining the core professional, community and youth theatre groups at the center of our mission, we anticipate that a company of professional, local and youth performers and designers will work side-by-side to produce this beloved tale with live musical accompaniment, lush costumes, cinematic projections, and theatrical lighting and effects over the first three weekends in December.

We invite you to join us for auditions on Sunday, September 25 or Monday, September 26 from 6-8 PM. Multiple roles are available for all ages and voice ranges. We ask that you please come prepared to do the following: read from the sides we will provide; sing 18-24 bars of a song (please bring your sheet music); and be dressed for and prepared to learn/perform a short dance segment. If you have a resume and headshot, please bring them with you. If you attend the first evening of auditions there is no need to attend the second. Show dates and times are the following: December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM. For further information, please contact Sharon Paquette at spaquette@jeansplayhouse.com.

Jean’s Playhouse operates the professional Papermill Theatre and IMPACT Children’s Theatre Companies in the summer and fall and the community Playhouse Players and Jean’s Teens theatre companies in the winter and spring. Jean’s Playhouse also offers a limited year-round guest artist series of magicians, comedians and musicians. Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, adjacent to Riverwalk at Loon Mountain (newly opened!) off I-93 Exit 32. Visit JeansPlayhouse.com or call 603-745-2141 for more information.

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Attached Photo Caption: The cast of Steel Magnolias in rehearsal. Steel Magnolias plays September 22-October 1, 2016 at Jean’s Playhouse.

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