November 8th-24th, 2019
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
at MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT
509 Westport Avenue (Route 1) in Norwalk
(Click here for directions)
MTC MainStage presents
Written by Robert Harling
Directed by Pamela Hill
Stage Managed by Jim Schilling
Scenic Design by Jessie Lizotte
Costume Design by Diane Vanderkoef
Props Design by Merrie Deitch
Lighting Design by RJ Romeo
Sound Design by Will Atkin
Set in wise-cracking, 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 -currently experiencing problems in her marriage-, the two ladies dispense shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon such as, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth, and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby -the prettiest girl in town- is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Steel Magnolias is a story of hilarious repartee, acerbic yet humorously revealing verbal collisions, and the sudden realization of mortality within an all too perfect beauty salon. Strength and love make this play, and its characters, truly touching, funny, and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
RAISSA KATONA BENNETT (Truvy)
appeared on Broadway as “Christine Daae” in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. First National Tours: CATS, PARADE, A CHILD’S XMAS IN WALES. Recently, FUN HOME at MTC as “Helen” & TV’s “Law and Order SVU”. Headliner: Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room, Iridium, Beechman Theatre & Don’t Tell Mama. Guest star: Carnegie Hall, Rose Hall/Lincoln Center, Town Hall, 54 Below, Algonquin’s Oak Room, Rainbow Room. Raissa will be bringing her Jerome Kern Cabaret show to MCT’s Hot Summer Nights series this summer! 3 Solo CD’s on LML Music Label at Amazon & iTunes. www.raissakatonabennett.com
KIRSTI CARNAHAN (Ouiser)
is delighted to return for her 5th MTC production, having appeared in Jekyll & Hyde, The Bridges of Madison County, Gypsy, and (MTC’s 1st season!) The Great American Backstage Musical. On Broadway/National Tour: Kiss of the Spider Woman (Marta), King David, Baby, The Three Musketeers, Les Miserables, Cats, and Annie. Regional/Stock: Mamma Mia! (Donna), Driving Miss Daisy (Daisy), Pete ‘n’ Keely (Keely), The Bikinis (Annie), Hairspray (Velma), Hello, Dolly! (Dolly), Mame (Vera Charles), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett: NHPTA, Best Actress in a Musical), Doubt (Sister Aloysius), and many more. A proud member of AEA since 1983, Kirsti is grateful for professional theatre right here at home in Fairfield County!
ANDREA LYNN GREEN (Shelby)
was last seen as Maggie in MTC’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (CCC Outstanding Lead Actress nomination). The Home Place (Irish Rep), Harrison, TX, (Primary Stages), Rocket Science (Playwrights Horizons), The Glass Menagerie (Weston Playhouse), Vanya and Sonia…(Hartford Stage), Giant (Dallas Theatre Center), Lucy (Delaware Theatre Company), Anne & Emmett (Ford’s Theatre/Atlas Lang). TV/Film: Crashing, The Mysteries of Laura, Elementary, The Carrie Diaries, The Super. For Fred Fitchen.
CYNTHIA HANNAH (Clairee)
was last seen at MTC MainStage as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, where she also appeared in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play; God of Carnage and Almost, Maine. She has done over 120 commercials as well as The Guiding Light, All My Children and Billy Joel’s video, “Keeping the Faith.” Her theatre credits include the Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. She wrote The Pope which was part of TAW’s Playwright Festival. She also won an ACE award as Associate Producer of Hughie with Jason Robards.
KAIA MONROE (M’Lynn)
is excited to be back with MTC! Regional credits include Ivoryton Playhouse, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Valley Shakespeare, Missouri Rep, Weston Playhouse, Fulton, Geva, Texas Shakespeare, and the Kennedy Center. This summer she played Adrianna in “Comedy of Errors” for Elm Shakespeare Company. MFA from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and post-graduate study at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. Kaia is an Associate Professor of Theatre at SCSU and mommy to Jameson and Eli.
RACHEL RIVAL (Annelle)
having been a student at MTC throughout her educational career, is thrilled to make her debut on the MainStage! She is a graduate from the Hartt school with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her recent credits include: Belle of Tombstone (Young Josie), Cherry Orchard (Anya), You Can’t Take it With You (Essie), and Present Laughter (Monica).