Sellout Crowds Greet “Steel Magnolias” Premier

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – “Steel Magnolias” opened to sellout crowds this weekend at the Downtown Playhouse in Pocahontas.  The highly popular drama premiered Friday and runs weekends through August 5th.

Set in the small town of Chinquapin, Louisiana, in the 1980s, “Steel Magnolias” focuses on the lives of six ladies who gather in Truvy’s beauty salon.  Even as a tragedy unfolds in their midst, the wit, wisdom, love and strength of the Southern women is on full display.

The production is directed by Kelly Grooms.  The cast includes Tonya Bolton, Ali Turbyeville, Carol Belford-Lewallen, Brittany Grooms, Hope Lemmons and Lisa Girard.

The play is sponsored by Integrity First Bank and First Advantage Home Care, and it will be staged July 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29 and August 4 and 5.

Cost is $19.60, tax included, and admission to the play also comes with a dessert and beverage.  Dessert options for this production include Key Lime Pie, Cookies ‘n Cream Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Sugar Free Jello Parfait, as well as a wide variety of hot and cold beverages.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (870) 758-2282.

The Downtown Playhouse is located at 302 North Marr Street in Pocahontas.

Featured photo from the performance of “Steel Magnolias.” Photo by Cyndi Barr.

Press Release – Brett Cooper, WBC

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