Northeast State Theater stages Steel Magnolias

Northeast State Theater brings to life one of the most beloved modern American stage productions when Steel Magnolias opens next week.

Steel Magnolias tells the story of a group of gossipy Southern ladies convening at a small-town beauty parlor where they share the bittersweet turns of love, life, and loss. Truvy Jones runs a salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux, intelligent career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town.

SteelMagnolias_TheatrePosterShelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. The play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Tickets are available now for evening performances scheduled Oct. 29, 30, and 31, and Nov. 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. There will be two matinee performances on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and free to Northeast State students who present valid student identification. All performances will be staged at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Tickets can be purchased now by visiting and clicking on the “Campus Life” menu option and Regional Center for Performing Arts link. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time. Steel Magnolias is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Northeast State Theatre is an award-winning program having multiple students and faculty recognized for their artistic achievements by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The program’s reputation gives students moving to four-year institutions considerable respect from academic and theatre professionals alike.

For information about tickets or how to purchase tickets call the Box Office at 423.354.5169 or e-mail at

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