Monday, September 9, 2013

Theatre to stage first production at new facility

Maricopa Community Theatre cut the ribbon on their new facility this past weekend and will be staging their first production in the new quarters later this week.

The play will be Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling.

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are anybody come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (Ashley Lapp), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy (Alexandra Gray) dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser (Denise Earnest); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (Slavica Kalnasy), who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn (Kim Petreshock), whose daughter, Shelby (Brittany Ames), is about to marry a good ole boy.
Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects them, but also draws on the underlying strength and love which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad

The new theatre is located at 41600 West Smith-Enke Road, Building #12, Suite #129.  MCT held a ribbon-cutting and open house this past Saturday, which was attended by local community members including Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, and City Councilmember Julia Gusse.

In addition to MCT's performances, the new facility is available to rent to community members and groups looking for a venue to stage their event.

Performances of Steel Magnolias will be Friday, September 13th, Saturday, September 14th, Friday, September 20th, Saturday, September 21st, Friday, September 27th, and Saturday, September 28th.  Friday performances are at 7:00 pm, Saturday performances are at 2:00 and 7:00pm.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased through or during box office hours, which can be found on their Facebook fan page and website,

"This story is intensely personal to me having a child who has diabetes. The emotions in this show are real and raw, and wonderful. I cannot wait to share this with our community. I feel this is not one to be missed. The characters are so identifiable with people in our own lives. It has been such a joy working on this personally challenging project", said Director, Carrie Vargas.

(Photos: Howard Waggner/Maricopa Community News)
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