Janesville Little Theatre Presents Steel Magnolias – Featuring Whitewater Resident

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by Janesville Little Theatre.

Season Opener

First Live Show Since Theatre Productions Halted Due to COVID-19

It’s ‘lights up’ once again for the Janesville Little Theatre (JLT) as the cast and crew of
Steel Magnolias debut their first show of the 2021-22 season, and the first live show
since theatre productions were halted due to the COVID pandemic. Show dates are
October 29, 30 and 31 and November 5, 6 and 7, 2021 at the Janesville Performing
Arts Center.

Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling and directed by JLT’s Steve Shaw, features
an all-female cast set in a popular Chinquapin, Louisiana beauty salon, where ladies
from an upper-crust social scene come to have their hair done.

The play is plentiful with wise-cracks and colorful characters, hilarious repartee and a
few sharp-tongued but humorously revealing verbal collisions. As the plot moves
towards tragedy and a realization of one’s mortality, it also draws on strength and love,
which give the play and its characters company in a truly touching, funny and
marvelously amiable way — in good times and bad.

The cast includes Candace Griffin as Annelle; Mary Beth Klietz as Truvy; Melissa
Defebaugh as Claree; Saralyn Duncan as Shelby; Stephanie Boettcher as M’Lynn;
and Whitewater Resident Laura Johnson as Ouiser.

“We are so looking forward to entertaining our patrons again after a too-long hiatus. I
have an excellent cast and we are very excited to be presenting Steel Magnolias, a
wonderful play with a great heart,” Shaw says.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.janesvillepac.org. Purchase your tickets online or by phone at 608-758-0297. There are no walk-up sales for the time being. All tickets must be purchased in advance. If a wheelchair or aisle seat is needed because of a physical issue please let the box office know in advance.

Masks must be worn by every person entering JPAC. Masks are required to be worn at all times.

There are no paper tickets or will call. Prior to the performance, JPAC staff will make a seating chart with the pre-purchased tickets. An usher will greet you and take you to your socially distanced seat. At the conclusion of the event, the seats will be released from the back of the theatre first. We encourage you to exit directly to the parking lot.

Janesville Little Theatre (JLT) is Wisconsin’s oldest community theatre group, and one of the three oldest
in the United States. Founded in 1929, the group staged its first major play in 1930 and has produced a
series of plays each season, without interruption, ever since. JLT membership is open to anyone who is
a lover of theatre and supporter of the arts. JLT is staffed by community volunteers and governed by
a Board of Directors elected by its members.

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