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Steel Magnolias Shines in Black Production
Chandler Shulman ‘24

Through Sept. 21st to 24th, the Gaels Theatre Guild production of Steel Magnolias has hit the “stage.”

Over the last weekend, the ladies of the Gaels Theatre Guild performed Steel Magnolias in four sold out shows. The play is completely dialogue based, which is tough to do successfully, but the cast of Steel Magnolias pulled it off perfectly. While the story itself is full of funny, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking

Isabella Oh

scenes, it couldn’t have been done so well had it not been for the talented cast. Throughout the whole show, the audience was engaged in the hilarious banter between the ladies in the hair salon and never lost interest.

The show was performed in the Tiberti Black Box, as opposed to the usual main stage shows. This smaller venue allowed a more intimate experience and made it easy for the audience to connect to the characters and the story. The audience felt like they were inside the scene whereas one might feel a bit more disattached to a show on the main stage. “I really liked how close the audience was to the actors and the set, everyone was able to see and hear everything so clearly,” explained Isabella Oh ‘26.

The Black Box format put emphasis on the performances of the actresses, as each subtle expression and inflection in dialogue was more closely observed. The performers were engaging throughout the whole two hour performance. During the more emotionally charged scenes, the feelings were radiated through the whole audience.

Be sure to catch the next production of the performing arts season, when Pippin hits the main stage this November!

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Chandler Shulman
Chandler Shulman, Entertainment Editor The Lance
My name is Chandler Shulman and I am a senior at Bishop Gorman High School. I am actively involved in the theater program, and I also am a filmmaker, having participated in film festivals across the country. I've played football here at BG since I was a freshman. I enjoy writing and watching movies.

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