Featuring a diverse cast whose members enjoyed immersing themselves in the atmosphere of Southern U.S. culture during the 1980s, Elgin Community College Theatre presents, as its fall production, "Steel Magnolias" Nov. 4-13.
Performances will be held at the ECC Arts Center, located in Building H on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, in Elgin. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
“(They) are all embracing the challenges of learning the Southern dialect and culture, as well as the workings of a 1980s beauty parlor,” director Susan Robinson, who serves as ECC theater instructor and program coordinator, said. “They are having the time of their lives.”
Based on a true story and set in a Louisiana salon of the '80s, "Steel Magnolias" features a cohesive group of strong women who prove the importance of community.
“It is about loss … while recognizing that loss is just another part of life,” Robinson said. “And love is how we get through it.”
Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors, and are available online at tickets.elgin.edu or at the ECC Arts Center box office from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Alternatively, theatergoers can call 847-622-0300. All major credit cards are accepted.