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CONTRIBUTION · 3rd November 2010
Marianne Brorup Weston
"There is no such thing as natural beauty" is the motto of Chinquipin's best hair salon, an enclosed carport in the home of Truvy who 'does' the hair of everybody who is anybody in their small Southern town.

On the day that Shelby, the prettiest girl in town is getting married Truvy hires Annelle, a girl with a past, to assist her in the salon.

Annelle is currently living at the local boarding house, always a cause for concern.

Enter grande dame Clairee, widow of the former Mayor followed by Shelby and her mother M'Lynn to dissect the details of the wedding-to-be and subvert the intentions of M'lynn's husband to cause uproar in the neighbourhood.

When Ouiser, great friend of Clairee and the terror of Chinquipin, barges in to have it out with the father of the bride, she manages instead to ferret out Annelle's story of woe.

And so the stage is set for the unfolding of the popular story of diabetic Shelby and her mother's friends.

The story is based on playwright Robert Harling's real life sister and was written 10 days after her death. It became the famous movie starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hanna and Shirley MacLaine.

Terrace Little Theatre has embraced the play with enthusiasm under the direction of Marianne Brorup Weston. Their show opens at the McColl Playhouse on November 25 and runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until December 11th. Curtain is at 8.00 with tickets at Uniglobe Travel.