HPU Theatre Hosts Production Of "Steel Magnolias"


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 7, 2009 – The High Point University community and the public enjoyed a presentation of “Steel Magnolias” April 2-5 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the HPU campus.
“Steel Magnolias,” a well-known production by Robert Harling, is set in a small-town Louisiana beauty parlor owned by a woman named Truvy, and follows the lives of several women who often meet there. The story pays particular attention to M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby. The story, both a comedy and a tearjerker, explores the lives of ordinary women going through everyday life situations. The characters are realistic and witty, and as the show progresses, their camaraderie and the community of the beauty salon become increasingly apparent. The strength of the eccentric characters ties them together through the best and worst of times.
The campus production was directed by HPU Instructor of Theatre Doug Brown and featured students Jacki Marano (sophomore), Ali Earley (junior), Nikki Lawson (junior), Marie Ventrone (sophomore), Camara McLaughlin (junior) and Cate Lightburn (freshman).
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at
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