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United Players bring well-known drama

(Left to right, back row) Virginia Remillard, Joni Sullivan, Janet Crosier and Carolyn Averill. (front row) Kyle Rankins and Patricia Colkos. Reminder Publications submitted photo
Wilbraham United Players present "Steel Magnolias," the play by Robert Harling. Performance dates and times are Jan. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. All shows are presented on the Fellowship Hall Stage at the Wilbraham United Church 500 Main St. in Wilbraham.

The cast of "Steel Magnolias" includes Patricia Colkos as Truvy, Kyle Rankins as M'Lynn, Virginia Remillard as Clairee, Carolyn Averill as Shelby -- all of Wilbraham, and Janet Crosier as Ouiser and Joni Sullivan as Annelle -- both of Springfield. The production is directed by Deborah Trimble and produced by David Pelkey.

"Magnolias" is the story of a group of close female friends who meet in Truvy's Beauty Salon and share the joys and sorrows of their lives. It was a popular feature film which included some of the most respected actresses of our time including Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and made a star of Julia Roberts in the role of Shelby. The story is known to be the semi-autobiographical depiction of Harling's mother and sister and other people he knew in his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Tickets are available by calling 596-2461 or through the Player's Web site -- Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (general admission). Reserved seating is also available -- $20 for adults and $15 for students.