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Steel Magnolias, based on a
famous play and a blockbuster
movie, will be performed in Te
Anau by Fiordland Players next
Steel Magnolias is an American
comedy-drama about the bond
among a group of women from
Louisiana. It is based on the 1987
play Steel Magnolias by Robert
Harling, later turned into a movie
The story, which tackles the
playwright's real-life experience
with the death of his diabetic
sister, is set in a small-town
beauty shop near New Orleans,
and spans several years in the
lives of the shop's owner and her
customers. The title suggests the
main female characters can be as
delicate as magnolias, but are as
tough as steel.
Director, Kathy Gray, who has
also been the Fiordland Players
president for the last three years,
said she chose this play because
of the all-women cast.
"We have difficulty getting men
involved, let alone wanting to go
on stage. There are a few who
are committed, but even finding
someone to help with backstage
work, such as lighting or stage
setting, is hard," Ms Gray said.
There are only six characters (all
female) who appear on stage.
"The cast is very good," she said.
"We were lucky to get a couple of
younger performers, Trudy Brock
and Marcella Robertson, who
have done a great job in Steel
Asked if this was a 'chick flick' Ms
Gray said that the play "wouldn't
appeal to macho men, but that is
not to say that they wouldn't get
anything out of it."
The sharp humour and plenty of
classic one-liners would make
this an enjoyable night out for
everyone, she said.
Steel Magnolias will show at the
Fiordland Community Events
Centre on May 12,13 and 14 at
8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults
and $12 for seniors/students,
from Fab & Finesse.
Players to steel the show
The cast of the Fiordland Players' production of Steel Magnolias which opens
in Te Anau next week (from left) Pam Mitchell, Pauline Nicholson, Inger
Nicholson, Susie Cribb, Trudy Brock and Marcella Robertson.
PHOTO: Graham Dainty
By Alina Suchanski
The Te Anau Badminton Club is
on the scout for new members.
Once a thriving sporting group,
numbers have dwindled in recent
years to an all-time low last year.
That had those remaining fearful
the 22-year-old club might have to
Club captain Wayne Meffan said
badminton was a fun way to keep
fit in a great social environment.
Newcomers to the sport were
most welcome. The club had six
racquets that people could use
if they didn't have their own,
shuttlecocks were also provided
and players were happy to help
each other out.
The club meets every Wednesday
night during winter, from 7.30pm
to 9.30pm, in the Fiordland Events
With three courts at its disposal,
up to 12 people could play at any
"We operate 10-minute games
which proves a great way to get to
know your fellow players in a fun,
friendly environment. Players get
moved around during the course
of the evening," Mr Meffan said.
Anyone interested just needed
to turn up with $5 to enjoy an
evening of fun, with the added
benefit of improving fitness.
"Fat and cuddly is over rated --
come out and get 'lean and mean'
and you will feel much better for
it," he said.
Further information is available
from Wayne Meffan
(03) 249-7258 , Lynn Tee
(03) 249-8143 or Dane Simpson
New members sought for social badminton in Te Anau
Town Centre, Te Anau
Te 24 2
en 8 - 6 , ay
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