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County Seat Theater to open season with 'Steel Magnolias'

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County Seat Theater to open season with 'Steel Magnolias'
Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

The County Seat Theater Company (CST) will open its 26th season with "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. It was performed by CST in 1999, and was the first performance produced at the Old Country Church Theater in Atkinson. It was so popular, performances had to be extended.

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Well known as a star-studded movie, the action takes place in a Chinquapin, La., beauty parlor owned by Truvy Jones, who will be portrayed by CST original cast member Ruthie Zissos. All the ladies who are "anybody" come to Truvy's to have their hair done, including the town's rich curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux, who will be played by returning cast member Mary Smith. Other original returning cast members include Michelle Strand Juntunen and Ellen Martin.

New to the cast are Aleyse Chapin and Jodie Jurek, who portrays the spunky Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, who's very pink wedding the ensemble is preparing for in the opening act.

The play, directed by Cheryl Kramer-Milder, moves through hilarious comedy with these six colorful women, but it also builds to a deeply moving conclusion.

"This is an exceptional group of actresses," said Kramer-Milder. "There is a genuine connection between the ladies on stage which will be very evident to the audience. The script is cleverly written with so much humor, but when the story takes on a more serious nature, we are all captured by deeply emotional performances, especially by Ellie Martin, playing the part of M'Lynn. The play in no way takes a backseat to the movie version."

The show opens Friday, April 13, and runs through that weekend and the next with shows at 7:30 p.m. on April 13 and April 18-21. The April 14 show will start at 1 p.m. and shows on April15 and 22 will start at 2 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or online at www.countyseattheater.com.

A special art show opening will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Encore gallery featuring local artists. The art show is open to the public and is a free event. Artists are allowed two pieces in the show that reflect the theme of the show. For more information on submitting your artwork, contact the box office or visit the website.

Since 2008, the County Seat Theater Company has been located in the Encore Performing Arts Center, 2035 Highway 33 South in Cloquet. Led by Artistic Director Cheryl Kramer-Milder, the theater offers a full season of local performances, as well as youth productions. It also hosts a number of musical acts and has an art gallery featuring work by local artists. Artists are allowed two pieces in the show that reflect the theme of the show. For more information on submitting your artwork, contact the box office or visit the website.

Since 2008, the County Seat Theater Company has been located in the Encore Performing Arts Center, 2035 Highway 33 South in Cloquet. Led by Artistic Director Cheryl Kramer-Milder, the theater offers a full season of local performances, as well as youth productions. It also hosts a number of musical acts and has an art gallery featuring work by local artists.

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