‘Steel Magnolias’ Opens Friday At Community Player With Guest Director

BEATRICE – As the Community Players in Beatrice gets into their 2016-2017 season, their second show Steel Magnolias opens on October 14th with a guest director behind the scenes. Guest Director Mason Gustafson says he is excited to put his own twists on this classic show.
“Steel Magnolias is a really popular piece, it was turned into a movie. It’s one a lot of people know. So, you have all of the things people know and respect about the film and the play itself and you’re trying to bring it and make it something special, all your own. Because a show like this especially where it has sort of a heartwarming element that is meant to touch people, you want to make sure you pay that a lot of respect and make sure your cast feels it as well as your audience once it’s all put together.”
Gustafson says the show is a heartwarming piece with some funny moments.
“This show is really a great funny piece while also being very heartwarming. It’s about these six women, in a small town in Louisiana, much like Beatrice just moved a little further south. These six women kind of come together around a tragedy and show a lot of strength and positivity through the relationship they have. Just kind of as a general overview of it without giving too much away.”
He says that his favorite part of putting a show together is watching the characters develop.
“I really, and this is where I tried to put, you know, an emphasis in study in school as much as you could when you are doing a broad theatre arts major. But I really try to focus on the characters themselves and that’s my favorite part is really looking into these characters and how do we create them and make them realistic for the audience.”
Steel Magnolias opens October 14th with a show at 7:30 p.m. and will run two weeks with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. To get tickets call 402-228-1801 or go to www.beatricecommunityplayers.com