Steel Magnolias

February 2018

February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm

Written by Robert Harling
Directed by John Nunemaker

Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.
Kensington Town Hall / Armory
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895


Edye Smith (Truvy) is honored to make her debut at KAT by working with John Nunemaker and the talented cast and crew he has assembled for this production of Steel Magnolias. She has acted in projects in Maryland and Virginia. Two of her favorite roles are Lee Green in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (BCT) and Dr. Gladys Petrelli in Tribute (GAC). She is currently filming Crash of Rhinos’: Lying Dormant (Eli’s mom). She is a proud graduate of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She is grateful to her family and friends for their love and support.
Christine Olivia Wells (Annelle) is a graduate of DC’s Theatre Lab School of the Arts Honors Acting Conservatory. This is her most recent production since her last role as Cat in We Found the Wild Things with the Who What Where Theatre Collective. Her other roles include Michelle in TCP’s production of Dreamgirls, Ruth (u/s) in CRT’s A Raisin in the Sun, and Delia in PCP’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. She is very excited to be part of her first production with KAT! A huge hug and thank you to John and the amazing cast and production team!
Frieda Enoch (Clairee) is so excited to be making her debut at KAT! Past performance highlights include Fraulein Schneider - Cabaret [DTC; WATCH nomination]; Madame Arcati - Blithe Spirit [LTA; WATCH nomination]; and Lady Alice More - A Man for All Seasons [TAP]. Other much-enjoyed roles/plays include Golde in Fiddler on the Roof [LTA]; Widow Corney in Oliver [DTC] and the Vagina Monologues [SSS]. On a musical note, it was an honor to make a recording with Theodore Bikel for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. To John Nunemaker and the wonderful cast & crew: I love you more than my luggage! Love always to my family whom I cherish.
Emily Karol (Shelby) KAT: Jekyll & Hyde (Emma Carew) REGIONAL: MD Renaissance Festival: The Tempest (Director), As You Like It (Audrey) Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Comedy of Errors (Courtesan). Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet). MD Shakespeare Company: Romeo & Juliet (Nurse/Tybalt/Lord Capulet/Balthazar) Merchant of Venice (Portia), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena). Shakespeare & Company: Measure for Measure (Provost/Elbow/Francisca), Othello (Emilia u/s), Twelfth Night (Malvolio/2nd Officer). Emily is thrilled to be back on the stage after two years in the director's chair. Enjoy the show!
Janet Van Albert Replogle (M’Lynn) has worked in every aspect of theatre since college days. Among her accomplishments: stage managed Taming of the Shrew with Patrick Duffy; produced Richard III for TAP which won the first Best Play WATCH award, played Marie in Fiorello, Mary Haines in The Women, Hannah in Arcadia, and Countess Malcolm in A Little Night Music (twice!). She has also produced and directed for her church North Bethesda UMC: Quilters, The Butterfingers Angel, and Shadowlands featuring her husband, Michael Replogle. She is blessed and grateful to be making her debut at KAT in such a wonderful role and with such a talented cast and crew.
Liz Weber (Ouiser) Favorite roles include: Martha in White Christmas and Sarah in Quilters (RMT), and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (KAT) for which she received a WATCH Award. Other WATCH Awards include Berthe in Pippin and Jeanette in The Full Monty. In a previous life, Liz and her husband toured across country in musical theatre bus and truck tours. She spent 20 years in the radio industry in the executive offices of Clear Channel Radio where she also hosted a show entitled Sunday Showtunes. Currently, Liz works at NASA HQ. Thanks to a wonderful cast of women and our one lone man, director John, who is now an honorary Steel Magnolia!
Chris Gillespie (DJ from KPPD)