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"Steel Magnolias" opens at Rehoboth's Daystar Aug. 21 "Steel Magnolias" is Coming to the Daystar Dinner Theatre in Re- hoboth Beach for a six-week run, opening Aug. 21 and continuing on Thursday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 27. Written by Robert Harling, "Steel Magnolias" became an overnight hit when it opened at the WPA Theater in New York City in March, 1987. Hollywood subsequently picked it up and turned it into an equally smash hit movie. Six women comprise the cast of the show, which takes place entirely in Truvy Jones' beauty shop in the small, close knit community of Chinquapin in northern Louisiana. The women who frequent Truvy's shop come for more than to have their hair shaped and curled. They are life- long friends who share comedy and laughter, sorrow and tears, caring and love in a performance that theatre goers will savor. Truvy Jones is played by Suzette Riggin of Georgetown, who during the almost four years she has been with Daystar has ap- peared in numerous shows, in- cluding "South Pacific," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chapter Two." Currently, she is in "All I Need is the Girl," and "Kissin' Country," companion shows that close Aug. 14 and 16. Amy Baker of Seaford, who plays Annelle Depuy-DeSo- ta, Truvy's somewhat scared and lost new assistant, is in her second ever tage production after mak- ing her stage debut as a singer and dancer in "All I Need is the Girl." Clairee Belcher, widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin and the town's witty but deeply caring Grande dame, is played by Bar- bara Vail of Salisbury. This is her first stage appearance with Daystar, although she has ap- peared in some of the murder mysteries that Daystar performs on the Queen Anne's Railroad Dinner Train. The prettiest girl in town, Shel- by-Eatenton-Latcherie, is played by Kimberly Wray of Millsboro. Wray has a long history with Daystar, having served as an ac- tor, singer, dancer, producer, choreographer. She was in "Friends," "Let Freedom Ring," "Fiddler on the Roof," "A Dick- ens of a Christmas," and is cur- rently in "All I Need is the Girl," and "Kissin' Country." Mary Anne Stein of Milton, an- other newcomer to Daystar and al- so to the area, has the role of Shel- by's mother, M'Lynn Eatenton, a socially prominent career woman in Chinquapin. Stein is not a new- comer to the stage, however. She has been doing community theatre since 1967, having appeared in "Fiddler on the Roof," "Pal Joey," "The Odd Couple," and "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," among many. Lois Daris of Ocean Pines, another newcomer to Daystar, plays Ouiser Boudreaux, a wealthy curmudgeon who, despite her acerbic tongue and personali- ty, is loved by her friends. Since retiring to the Eastern Shore in 1993, Daris has worked with the Pines Players and has appeared in "Auntie Marne," and "Scrooge and Marley." "Steel Magnolias" is being di- rected by Tom Sweeny of Lewes, who in addition to directing, can f But.tery\\;but'tG.r6\n. (Old English) a place where bread and ale are stored. (since 1994), Fabulous Food, European Charm, Exciting Caf6 by Day-Elegant Candlelight D!ning Nightly, Quaint Cocktail Bar, Proficient Friendly Service, Great Wine List, in Historic Downtown Lewes. The Buttery LUNCH 11-3 SUNDAY BRUNCH 10:30-2:30 DINNER FROM 5: $14.95 PRIX FIXE DINNERS EVERY NIGHT UNTIL 6:30 MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE CHECK. (expires 12/31/97) 142 .... Second Street in Historic Downtown Lewes. 645-7755 J also act, sing and dance. He di- rected "Fiddler on the Roof," and appeared in it as well, and also was in "The Odd Couple." The producer is Marjorie Eckerd of Dagsboro. One of the founders of Daystar, she has served in some capacity - producer, director, lights, sound, stage, hostess - in almost every show that the com- pany has put on the stage. The Daystar Dinner Theatre is located in the Sussex Room of the Sea Horse Restaurant in Re- hoboth Beach. Dinner, which is a special gourmet all-you-can-eat buffet, begins at 6 p.m. A cash bar is available until showtime and again at intermission. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 227-7451. THE BANKING HOUSE INN ef Ron invites you to join im and his expert staff at the Banking House Inn to sample one of his delicious French-style recipes. Prix Fixe Dinners 5 - 6:30 p.m. Under 815, 00 Includes soup or salad, entre6, dessert & beverage. Just 20 minutes north of Rehoboth in Milford, Delaware you'll find this fabulous restaurant housed in an exquisite Historic Inn. Dine indoors or outside on the porch overlooking the MispiUion River. 178 HISTO/I(  Sunday, Tuesday - Friday 11-2 & 5-9 Saturdays 5-9 Closed Mondays 422-57O8 -Reservations Appreciated- 112 NW Front Street Milford, Delaware www.mispillion.com