“Steel Magnolias” premieres at the Princess Theater on April 21

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Bank Street Players are gearing up for the upcoming premiere of “Steel Magnolias” at the Princess Theater in Decatur.

The cast includes six women, who once again don the glow of the 80s to reprise roles they first played five years ago, but this time the series will benefit research into juvenile diabetes.

Melissa McMahan stars as M’Lynn, a mother who has an adult daughter with type 1 diabetes. For McMahan, this role is close to home. After taking office five years ago, her own daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

McMahan says her life experience has given her a much clearer understanding of what her character is going through and she thinks she may have been too hard on her the first time she took on the role.

“Oh, I have a lot more sympathy for M’Lynn now. Five years ago, I played her as a demanding mother, placing her own expectations on her adult daughter. Now I understand better what it was like for this mom, tracking Shelby’s blood sugar, measuring her food portions, calculating insulin doses, monitoring her exercise, making sure she had all her supplies, training her teachers in her care, taking her to endless doctor’s appointments, lying in bed at night worrying about her future health,” McMahan said in a statement released by the Bank Street Players.

“So when Shelby decides to make decisions that M’Lynn sees as threatening her health, of course she’s going to react emotionally. I understand now. Hopefully my experience over the past few years will paint a truer picture. of this character now,” McMahan continued.

Bank Street players say if laughing through tears is one of your favorite emotions, this is a great piece to come see.

The show premieres on April 21. It takes place again on April 22 and 23. There will be a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on April 23, or you can catch the show at 7:00 p.m. on any of those days.

Tickets can be purchased on the Princess Theater website.


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