A tribute to female relationships, Mandan performs "Steel Magnolias"

2013-10-24T13:46:00Z A tribute to female relationships, Mandan performs "Steel Magnolias"By HANNAH JOHNSON | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Mandan High School will showcase six seniors this weekend as they take on the well-known story about female friendship, "Steel Magnolias."

The play has a small cast — just six characters, all women.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Mandan High School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Longtime Mandan director Lisa Quintus said she has wanted to do the play for a while — it will be her 22nd play. This year was the year, she said, because she had the talent, and another show, “Help I Am Trapped in a High School,” is being performed next weekend, which still allows more students to be involved in theater.

The story of “Steel Magnolias,” best known because of the 1989 movie, revolves around a group of Southern women who help each other through the trials and joys of life. The central conflict involves a mother and her daughter who wants to assert her independence.

“I just hope (the audience is) warmed by the relationships of these women,” Quintus said. “Even though it’s funny and you’ll laugh, it’s moving at the same time.”

The six members of the cast for the play are all high school seniors, which is another reason Quintus chose this play. It was a way for them to go out strong.

The behind-the-scenes work — lighting, sound, set, etc. — also has been created or worked on by students.

The play has an added significance for Quintus and her assistant director, Jeff Jung, a former theater student at Mandan. Both lost important women in their lives in the past few months. For Quintus, it was her sister, and for Jung, his mother, who loved the “Steel Magnolias” movie.

The show is dedicated to them.

“I think (the audience) will see themselves in it, or someone they know, because that is what good theater does... It’s real life. It’s human,” Quintus said.

Reach Hannah Johnson at 701-250-8251 or hannah.johnson@bismarcktribune.com.

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