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Del Oro serves up laughter and tears

School to put on production of 'Steel Magnolias' play
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Del Oro High School’s latest drama production, “Steel Magnolias,” will have audience members laughing through their tears. That’s how Kaley Lucas, stage manager, believes the audience will react when the all-female cast performs the popular 1980s play that later became a movie. Show time is 7:30 p.m., April 14, 15, 16, 28, 29 and 30 at the Del Oro High School Performing Arts Center. The play is “quite witty, well written and very poignant,” Kaley said. Kaley said, “It’s very human.” Kaley, a senior, has been involved in Del Oro drama since she played Jane in the cast of “Peter Pan.” After making her acting debut, she worked backstage in numerous other productions as “the woman behind the curtain” before becoming stage manager for last semester’s “Rumors” production. Kaley said she had hoped to have an acting part in “Magnolias,” but found there was a real need for a stage manager. She accepted the management position with only a few regrets. Kaley said the realization this is her last Del Oro production “kind of breaks my heart. You get really attached.” She said, “It will be sad on the final night.” In the meantime, Kaley has too much to do to dwell on finales. She said she’s kept busy overseeing set-building and rehearsals, while trying to figure how to deal with 27 costumes, in 1980s-era style, numerous “big-hair” styles, running water and real wet hair. “Steel Magnolias” is set in the South and the comedy-drama takes place on one set – the local beauty parlor where a group of women get coifed and share their lives over a two-year period. Jeff Johnson, Del Oro teacher and play director, said each of the characters “is a strong, independent woman, although each of them shows some vulnerability, too.” Senior Ashleigh Heer plays the mother, M’Lynn, whose grown daughter suffers from juvenile diabetes. Ashleigh said “Magnolias” is her fourth Del Oro production. “This is more of a challenge. It’s more serious than the other plays and isn’t overly dramatic. It’s more real,” Ashleigh said. Juniors Andria Cassanova and Aimee Scott share the role of Annelle, the beautician. Andria said, “I tried out for the play and didn’t get a part. I was really sad. Then Aimee found out she was going out of town for a whole weekend during the play and so I got cast, too. I was really excited.” Other actors include juniors Makenzie Massagli, as Clairee, and Cierra Baccarella, as Shelby; and sophomores Abigail Kelly, as Ouiser, and Judith Morgan as Truvy. Crew members are Travis Allgeier and Kristen Black, assistant stage managers; Gina Musilli, costume design; Alec Irwin, sound design; and Spencer Jones. For tickets or more information, call Del Oro at 652-7243. -------------- STEEL MAGNOLIAS What: Del Oro High School production of play that later became a movie When: 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, April 14, 15, 16, 28, 29 and 30 Where: Del Oro High School Performing Arts Center, 3301 Taylor Rd. Tickets: $8 More information: 652-7243