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Weston Theater Company Presents Steel Magnolias

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Tough as steel. Exquisite as Magnolias. Six friends gather for hairdos, manicures, juicy gossip, and witty banter in Truvy’s salon. Anybody who’s anybody is a regular. Through thick and thin, these women form friendships strong as steel – friendships they are forced to lean on when tragedy strikes. 

Director Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

Director Sarah Elizabeth Wansley says “Steel Magnolias is a story about community.  This group of women gather every Saturday morning to gossip and tease and support each other (and yes, make their hair look fabulous) and Truvy’s salon becomes a second home for all of them. It’s especially joyful to tell this story as we climb out of the pandemic when we are craving these kinds of neighborly spaces.” 

Currently, the BOLD Associate Artistic Director at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Sarah Elizabeth Wansley is making her directing debut at Weston. Her recent directing projects include Heisenberg (Northern Stage), The Amish Project (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Egress (Cleveland Play House), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Dobama Theatre), The Wolves (SUNY Purchase), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Amish Project (Chautauqua Theater Company).  

Wansley has gathered a nationally renowned creative team for the production. Scenic Design is by one of the founding organizational members of La Gente: The Latinx Theatre Design Network, Regina García (Recent: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater). Lighting Design is by Drama Desk Awardee, Outer Critics Circle honoree, and Tony nominee Heather Gilbert (Broadway: The Sound Inside; International: Our Town (Almeida Theatre), Pedro Peroma (Montreal),; Regional: Studio Theatre DC, Magic Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and many more). Costume Design is by Weston alumni Kathleen Geldard (Weston: An IliadAlways…Patsy Cline; Regional: Private Lives (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), A Chorus Line, You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownMisery (Cincinnati Playhouse); Macbeth (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Billy Elliot (Signature Theatre)). Sound Design is by Melanie Chen Cole (Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, The Huntington, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival). 

Steel Magnolias courtesy of Weston Theater

Starring Weston Alums and Newcomers

STEEL MAGNOLIAS stars Weston alums Amy Van Nostrand as M’Lynn, Thurdsay Farrar as Clairee, Dorothy Stanley as Ouiser, and introduces Almeria Campbell as Truvy, and Nyla Sostre as Annelle, and Lexi Lapp as Shelby to Weston audiences. 

Amy Van Nostrand’s previous Weston credits include The Glass Menagerie (co-pro with Gulfshore Playhouse), Death Of A SalesmanPrivate LivesLips Together Teeth ApartTo Kill A MockingbirdLast Night of BallyhooLost in Yonkers, and others… Her other credits include: Broadway; The HotHouse ( co-directed by Pinter), Off- Broadway; The God CommitteeScrambled EggsStalking The Bogeyman, Regional; Steel Magnolias (Clairee) at the Guthrie Theater, Film; Year by the SeaBereftRuby CairoPartners in CrimeThe FloodOutside ProvidenceThe House of Mirth

Making her Weston debut Lexi Lapp’s credits include: Regional; Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center Theater), Pushkin (The American Vicarious), Alligator (New Georges/The Sol Project), STET (Abingdon Theatre Company), Luna Gale, I Will Be GoneThat High Lonesome Sound, and At The Vanishing Point (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mary’s Wedding (Portland Center Stage), Everything is Wonderful, We Will Not Be Silent (Contemporary American Theater Festival), TV; FBILaw & Order: SVU, Film; Cut Shoot Kill.  

Weston veteran Thursday Farrar’s recent credits include: Weston; Kiss Me KateUrinetown, Hairspray, To Kill a MockingbirdMan of La ManchaMusic Man, Broadway; Aida (original Aida stand-by), Parade (Angela), and Once Upon a Mattress. TV; Poker FaceThat Damn Michael Che ShowFBIManifestModern LoveFor LifeGothamBlue BloodsBullBlack ListSearch Party, Film; Holiday in HarlemThe Brian Banks StoryAcross the TracksCity HallBasketball Diaries

Dorothy Stanley‘s many Weston Theater Company credits include last summer’s Ring Of FireOur Town (w/Christopher Lloyd), The Music ManGuys & DollsSweeney Todd, and Once. Her numerous Broadway shows include Annie42nd StreetShow BoatCabaret, and Follies.  

Almeria Campbell is making her Weston debut and her credits include: TV; Law & Order Criminal Intent, Regional; B.R.O.K.E.N CODE B.I.R.D. SWITCHING at the Berkshires Theater. 

Weston newcomer Nyla Sostre’s credits include  Peggy in Hamilton on Broadway (2016-2019), she played Dionne in Hair at The Old Globe (2021), as well as Mimi in Rent at Portland Center Stage. 

Weston Theater Company

STEEL MAGNOLIAS plays at The Weston Playhouse (703 Main Street, Weston, VT). Adult tickets range from $50-74. “Pick Your Price” Subscription tickets start at $39. Discounts are available for students, veterans, and Vermont residents. Prices do not include sales tax.   

Following STEEL MAGNOLIAS, reminisce with the music of Woody Guthrie in WOODY SEZ. Subscriptions and tickets are available online and by calling the Weston Box Office at 802-824-5288

Weston Theater Company builds on and enhances the unique assets of its Vermont village campus to produce a diverse, entertaining, and challenging season of live professional theater and high impact events; enrich the theater-going experience with education and outreach programs for all ages; and make significant contributions to the American theater through training programs, play development, and retreats. It is a non-profit organization supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals and organizations who believe in the impact the performing arts make on its community. Learn more at 


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