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Academy Theatre Brings “Steel Magnolias” To The Stage

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Contact: Fracena Byrd


Hapeville, Ga. – Six powerhouse actresses all from the southern Metro Atlanta area have joined forces to form the dynamic cast of Academy Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling! Lynna Schmidt of the Henry Arts Alliance is producing, directing, and starring as M’Lynn.

“This year is the thirtieth anniversary of Steel Magnolias. Fans have been asking when we would bring this show to Hapeville, and this seems to be the perfect time,” says Lynna Schmidt, who also starred in Academy’s Shooting Star and Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Set in 1980’s Louisiana in Truvy’s beauty shop, six southern women gather to chat and support each other. Their story of love, laughter, loss, beauty, and strength has inspired a generation.

“This cast is phenomenal!” says Fracena Byrd, who plays Annelle. “This show is definitely going to be the fan favorite of the season.” Fracena has also starred in Academy productions of Yellowman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Plaza Suite. Fracena has also held major roles at Legacy Theatre in Tyrone, including Matron Mama Morton in Chicago and Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense.

The cast includes Mary Anne Brannon (Grace and Glorie) and Kay Bohan (Last of the Red Hot Lovers). Meggie Foster McCann and Kathryn Wood are making their debut on the Academy Stage. Mary Anne and Kathryn are both members of the Front Porch Players. Kay is a part of the Henry Players, and Meggie is the drama teacher for Ola High School.

This show is rated PG-13 because of adult content. Audience discretion is advised.

What: ‘Steel Magnolias’ by Robert Harling
Where: 599 N. Central Ave Hapeville, GA
When: October 6, 7, 13, 20 @ 8pm
October 8, 15, 22 @ 3pm
October 14, 21 @ 5pm

How Much: $20 online and $25 at the door.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit

The City of Hapeville, the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade, and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public/private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville. The City of Hapeville and the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade are official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

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