Studio Tenn to debut 'Steel Magnolias’ in Franklin on Feb. 7

Steel Magnolias will debut Feb. 7 in Franklin. (Courtesy MA2LA)
Steel Magnolias will debut Feb. 7 in Franklin. (Courtesy MA2LA)

Steel Magnolias will debut Feb. 7 in Franklin. (Courtesy MA2LA)

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Studio Tenn, a regional nonprofit theatre company based in Franklin, will debut the next production of its woman-focused 2019-20 season, "Steel Magnolias," on Feb. 7.

The play, directed by Beki Baker, features the story of a tight-knit group of Southern women united by tragedy, according to a release from the group. "Steel Magnolias" was also adapted into a 1989 film of the same name starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts.


Shannon Hoppe and Emily Katherine McLean star in the production as the mother-daughter duo, M’Lenn and Shelby. Both actresses have previously performed at Lispcomb University, according to a release.

“Both Shannon and Emily are incredibly talented, and they will bring the perfect chemistry to this iconic mother-daughter pair,” Baker said in a statement. “Emily is a warmhearted and instantly likable, much like her character, Shelby. Shannon is a mother of four, so she carries a strong maternal quality throughout her performance. She has strength, tremendous focus and depth that is needed for the pivotal role of M’Lynn.”

The show will run through Feb. 23 in the Jamison Theatre at The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Tickets range from $35-$90 and can be purchased here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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