May 5 - June 3
Written by Robert Harling
Truvy’s salon is Chinquapin, Louisiana’s go-to place for a beauty fix with a hearty side of gossip. Along with her overeager assistant Annelle, Truvy pampers her small-town clients with hairdos, manicures and all kinds of unsolicited advice. Anybody who’s anybody is a regular: There’s the doting M’Lynn and her soon-to-be-married daughter Shelby, the moody Ouiser and the well-to-do widow Clairee. Through witty banter and wisecracks, this hodgepodge group of women form friendships as strong as steel, which they are forced to lean on when tragedy strikes.
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Robert Harling's play is based on the family experience of the death of his sister, Susan Harling-Robinson. She passed in 1985 from diabetic complications after the birth of his namesake nephew and the failure of his mother, Margaret's donated kidney. As he recounts, prior to his sister going into the surgery (in the hospital that she worked and where she knew everyone) he gave her a bottle of a perfume called, “JOY”. He called her prior to the surgery and she had told him that she was going to spray her entire body with the perfume, so when she was in the operating room, it would drive everyone crazy. They rolled her into surgery and she never woke up. He has held onto the image that when his sister left this world, she was literally sprayed with JOY. Today, these wonderful actresses will make you not only laugh through your tears, but will take you on a journey that I hope will bring you, laughter, happiness, love and JOY.
Truvy Jones: Rebecca Lea Evans
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto: DRae Beller
Clairee Belcher: Teresa Ross
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie: Annie Heartney
M’Lynn Eatenton: Denise Jaeckel Copeland
Ouiser Boudreaux: Donna Schulte
Executive Producer: Donna & Richard Myers
Artistic Director: Dion Stover
Director: Dion Stover
Production Stage Manager: Jessica Alltop
Master Carpenter: Gary Michael
Costumes: Dion Stover
Props Designer: Jessica Alltop
Lights/Sound/Projections: TJ Bird
Kitchen: The Local
Company Manager: TJ Bird
Box Office Manager: Bill Rubenstein
General Store Manager: Jane Bowers
Bookkeeper: Tom Bess
Truvy's Beauty Spot, Northwest Louisiana, Chinquapin Parish
Scene One: April
Scene Two: December
Scene One: June, eighteen months later
Scene Two: November
Rebecca is thrilled to be returning to the Myers' stage after making her debut last season in Doublewide, Texas and White Christmas! Rebecca is a graduate of Ball State University (Vocal Performance), where she performed opera classics such as Dido & Aeneas and Cosi Fan Tutte. Favorite recent credits include 9 to 5 (Doralee), Oliver! (Widow Corney), and Elf (Deb).
DRae is 21 years old and spends most days as “Miss DRae” in childcare services. You may have seen her as Junie B. Jones in “Junie B. Jones the Musical” or Wendy Jo in “Footloose” which were both at MDT! She would like to thank the production team, her own personal team and cast mates for all the support, and her kiddos for keeping her childlike spirit alive. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!
Teresa is appearing in her fifth production at Myers Dinner Theater. Previous roles include “Footloose” (Lulu Warnicker); “Into the Woods” (Jack’s Mother); “The Sound of Music”(Sister Margaretta) and “Two by Two” (Esther). She has served as music director for shows with Danville Light Opera and Danville Area Community College. Teresa is retired from teaching music and serving as drama club sponsor at public schools in Indiana and Illinois. When not on the stage, she teaches private music lessons, composes songs and writes devotionals. She loves working with her two Arabian horses and hopes to compete in her first Liberty Horse show this fall. Teresa sends special love to her children, Brandon and Amber.
Annie is an NYC based crossover artist, with professional credits in musical theatre, straight plays, and opera. You may recognize her as Goldie from Two by Two. Other selected credits include Die Fledermaus (Adele), The Gondoliers (Casilda), The Last Five Years (Cathy Hiatt), and No, No, Nanette (Winnie Winslow). ASU MT, class of 2022.
Denise comes to us from Carmel, IN. You may recognize her from Sweet Delilah Swim Club and Footloose the Musical here at MDT. She has been married to Edward Copeland since August 27, 1988, and they have one child together. She is a strong, independent, and multi-talented woman. Denise fights for the underdog with confidence and humility. A callaberater at heart, Denise is willing to take direction and really sink her teeth into any character she is asked to embody. We're happy to have her back at MDT!
Donna is so happy to be here performing another one of her favorite roles, Ouiser Beaudreau! Other favorites include, Caprice Crumpler in Double Wide Texas, Mavis Flowers in Hallelujah Girls, Big Mac in Unnecessary Farce, Vera Walters in Nana's Naughty Knickers, Aunt Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace, Grandma Addams in The Addams Family, Martha Watson in White Christmas, and my all time favorite role, Grace Stiles in Grace And Glorie. Off stage my favorite role is "Grandma" to 11 grandkids and 5 great grandkids. Thank you to my grown up kids and other family members and friends for their love and support and to Ed, I will love and miss you forever.
Dion is a Chicago native with a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College . Myers audiences may recognize him from Queen of Bingo (Sis) and Into the Woods (Baker). Credits include: Mamma Mia (Harry Bright), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Frank N Furter), Sheer Madness (Tony Whitcomb), Double Wide Texas (Baby) and The Addams Family (Mal Beineke). He wishes to thank this hardworking cast and crew for all of their hard work and sharing their talent. Much love to his family, friends and especially, Serge, for all of the love and support.
Jessica is from Terre Haute, IN where she lives with her husband, Ethan, and their three cats, Coretta, Beanie Baker, and Refried. Jessica has worked on shows out at Myers Dinner Theatre since 2012. When she isn't working in theatre, she enjoys working with her house plant collection and watching cooking shows with Ethan. She would like to thank Ethan, her family, and her friends for supporting her dream of pursuing a career in theatre.
TJ is from Decatur, IN, and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s in Voice Performance. TJ has toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, performed six seasons with the Round Barn Theatre at the former Amish Acres, and has covered many different staff and technical positions throughout their career. Favorite credits include: Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Jaxson in Steeple People, Jesus in Godspell, Pap/King in Big River, Mr. Bumble in Oliver! and Willard Hewitt in Footloose!
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Served Family Style
*Featuring homemade croutons & an original creation salad dressing of Donna's.
*One of several items on the Menu that we are known for.
*One of two desserts included with the price of the buffet.
Hot Fudge, Chocolate, Strawberry & Chocolate/Peanut Butter
Crème brûlée, Turtle & White Chocolate Raspberry
Salad Dressing, Broccoli Salad & Rolls (Dozen)
*Everyone has different dietary needs, but we want all to be able to enjoy a great show and a delicious meal. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please contact us in advance and our kitchen will happily make accommodations for you.
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