VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The stage version of a beloved Hollywood tearjerker is coming to Granville Island.
A production of Steel Magnolias is set to open on Valentine’s Day.
It’s not a romance, but it is a love story.
“Our show only takes place only in the salon, and only has the female characters. So there are no husbands, or boyfriends seen. They’re spoken about but not seen,” says producer Lalainia Lindbjerg.
On the surface the four women are genteel Southern ladies, but the play highlights their toughness. That’s what makes them them Steel Magnolias.
“They have a softness in that they’re feminine and they’re women, but they have a steely strength that gets them through the difficult times,” says Lindbjerg.
Lindjberg also stars in the play. She and her costars agreed not to watch the 1989 film while preparing for their roles.
But that doesn’t mean they were unaware of whose parts they were reprising. Lindjberg plays M’Lynn a role made famous by Sally Field who won a Golden Globe for her performance.
“She’s an incredible, Academy Award-winning actress so knowing people have that idea or expectation as they come in to the play is a little intimidating.”
One of the main characters in the play has Type 1 diabetes, and part of the play’s proceeds are going to the B.C. Diabetes Research Network.
“The play is set in 1985. Treatment was very different and because of research, because of the fact that people continued to support the research, we’ve made strides,” Lindjberg explains. “It’s quite possible that Shelby’s character would not have had to walk through what she did had her story been taking place today.”
The show runs through March 8 at the Nest on Granville Island. Tickets are available online.