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Small town charm on tap for TCC’s spring production of “Steel Magnolias”

Actors from "Steel Magnolias."

Tidewater Community College Theatre will present “Steel Magnolias” for three weekends in April. Opening night is on April 13 with shows running through April 29.

All performances will be held in the Black Box Theater in the Academic Building on TCC’s Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Road.

“Steel Magnolias” is a stage play by American writer Robert Harling. It is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The title suggests the female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.

TCC Theatre’s “Steel Magnolias” is set in a small-town beauty shop on the wedding day of one of its favorite patrons, Shelby Eatenton.

Shelby, a young and pretty diabetic, enjoys sharing her excitement with the other woman who meet regularly to chat and gossip about men, marriage and the latest hairstyles. The women form a sense of community that is both warmly good-natured and delightfully real.

Performance dates and times are:

  • April 13-15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 16 at 2 p.m.
  • April 20-22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 23 at 2 p.m.
  • April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.

The play is a community effort with TCC students and community members serving as cast and crew. All are dedicated to sharing live theatre with attendees.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, alumni and military members. Payment is by cash or credit card at the door. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to show time. To purchase tickets online, visit

For more information, call Matthew Gorris, assistant professor of Theatre Arts, at 757-822-5219.