August 23-September 8, 2019
By Robert Harling
A story of Southern humor, heartbreak and female bonding Steel Magnolias takes place in Truvy Jones' beauty salon, where three generations of outspoken women regularly gather to laugh, cry and celebrate the events of their lives. But their world is rocked when M'Lynn's diabetic daughter gets pregnant, which could prove fatal - and the ladies' inner strength and love for one another is put to the ultimate test. Photos by Michael Brunk | NWlens.com
Carol Richmond (Clairee) is thrilled to be back at SecondStory! You may have seen her here in Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Mother), La Cage Aux Folles (Mme. Renaud/Dindon) and Barefoot in the Park (Mother). She has performed at a number of other regional theaters including Driftwood Players, Renton Civic Theatre, Tacoma Little Theatre and Lakewood Playhouse. Thanks to Buddy, Mark and Jen and all my love to Taylor, Elizabeth, Dan and Laney!
Teri Lee Thomas (Ouiser) SSR debut! Diverse roles span four decades in Shakespeare, classics, new plays, musicals, TV, film. Some highlights: Village Theatre (Crimes of the Heart, Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Pirates of Penzance, Miracle Worker, Heidi); Seattle Children’s Theatre (Sherlock Holmes); Seattle Shakespeare (Merry Wives of Windsor); Alice B. (Louisiana Purchase, Junkie); Texas Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Importance of Being Ernest, Tartuffe, Daisy Bradford, Guys and Dolls); Seattle Musical Theatre (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, Secret Garden); Oregon Cabaret (Something’s Afoot); Oregon Repertory Theatre (Hot L Baltimore, Sexual Perversity in Chicago); NW Summer Playhouse, Theatre Off Jackson, ACTLab/Endangered Species Project, NW Shakespeare Ensemble, Bathhouse, Intiman, Driftwood Players, Forest Theatre, New City, and TV’s Northern Exposure. Up next: The Women at Harlequin in Olympia.
Niki Flynn (M’Lynn) is beyond thrilled to be back at SSR and a part of this cast! Steel Magnolias has always been one of her favorite shows, and she is so grateful to be playing a role of her dreams. Most recently Niki appeared in Crimes of the Heart (Chick) at Woodinville Repertory Theatre and The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo) at Kirkland Performance Center. Niki would like to thank all of her family and friends for their unending support, and Mark, Jen, and Buddy for this opportunity. Enjoy the show, y'all!
Jessica Baxter (Truvy) is ecstatic to be making her SecondStory Rep debut! Jessica is originally a Kansas City native; she received a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Central Missouri and is an alumni of the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Her most recent role was Rita in Prelude to a Kiss at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Some of her credits include Barbara in August: Osage County, Regina in Little Foxes, and her pending project with Play Your Part Seattle as Jocasta in Oedipus the King. She is very grateful to be a part of a story she has always wanted to tell, and would like to thank her incredible family for their support.
Callie Turner (Shelby) is overjoyed to return to SecondStory Repertory alongside this wonderful group of kind artists. Callie graduated with her BA in Theater Performance at Seattle Pacific University, 2017. She was most recently seen in The Revolutionists (Charlotte Corday) at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Other past credits include Into the Woods (Bakers Wife), Eurydice (Eurydice) and Freckleface Strawberry (Emily). Special love to Mom, Miki, Syd, Clara, Maggie & Sam - you are my steel magnolias! Lam 3:22
Miki Murray (Annelle) is a woman of few words.
PRODUCTION TEAM BIOGRAPHIES (as provided)
Buddy Todd (Director) Buddy has been directing, assistant directing, and choreographing for the last 20 years, most recently Miss Nelson is Missing with SecondStory Rep and Moon Over Buffalo with Renton Civic Theatre. Other shows include 2018 The Wizard of Oz with Bainbridge Performing Arts, 2018 Charlotte’s Web with SSR and Last Fall with Fantastic Z, 2016 The Game’s Afoot with Renton Civic, 2013 The Fantasticks and 2011 Ruthless! The Musical with Eastern Washington University. This fall, Buddy is looking forward to playing “Mister Bardolph” in Lettice and Lovage with the Lesser Known Players and begin earning his MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University.
Laurie Roberts McClain (Costume Designer) is delighted to be working once again with the team at SSR. She has designed more than 35 shows here and over 80 shows in her 15 years doing this rewarding work. Her work has also been seen at Bellevue Youth Theatre and Youth Theatre Northwest. Thanks as always to the Squolf for the opportunity, and to my supportive husband who understands that art is essential to all humans... Enjoy the show!!
Sarah Kessler (Stage Manager) is excited to stay behind the scenes.
Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.
Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.
Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life.