VP 2016 Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias ran March 4 – 19, 2016.
Standard tickets are $18, or $16 for Seniors (60+) and students with valid ID.

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

  • by Robert Harling
  • Directed by: Larry Farley
  • Assistant Director: Debbie Marinik
  • Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

You may view the full program by clicking here.

Steel Magnolias was sponsored in part by Kevin Charles and his staff at Kevin Charles Hair Artistry in Sylvania. The Village Players wish to extend our deepest thanks to Kevin and his staff for their generous donation of time and talent; YOU made this possible.

The Cast

Deb Shaffer
Jordan Killam
Barbara Barkan
Marissa Rex
Lydia Schafer
Carol Ann Erford

The Crew

Larry Farley
Assistant Director:
Debbie Marinik
Chris Jagodzinski
Assistant Producer:
Evan James Copeland
Stage Manager:
Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
Jake Gordy
Lighting Crew:
Evan James Copeland & Zac Gilley
Sound Designer:
Laura Crawford
Sound Crew:
Laura Crawford
Props Gatherer:
Joyce Calmes & Chris Jagodzinski
Costume Design:
Kari Kapszukiewicz
Kate Juhasz
Back Stage Crew:
Larry Farley & Debbie Marinik
Set Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Builder:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Painters:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Dressers:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Scenic Art:
Laura Hansen
House Manager:
Evan James Copeland
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Marie Adkins, Carol Ann Allen, Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Deb Brescol, Janet Butterfield, Evan James Copeland, Connie Darling, Nancy de la Garza, Richard & Lilianne Dockett, Pam Engle, Sarah Hammye, Beth Harp, Darlene Hatfield, Helene Kilcourse, Marilyn Kline, Debbie Krieger, Garry & Marcia Kudlinski, Denise McHue, Jean Mills, Ruth Moeller, Jaymes Mull, Jason Neymeiyer, Sam & Darlene Partin, Rick & Jane Bihn Perse, Gary Peters, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamara Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Vickie Serr, Cheryl Shinover, Harry Shulman, Suzette Skowronski, Bob & Marian Smith, Paul Soska, Dr. Rick Szczygielski, Diana West, & Laura Zelenka
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski

The Biographies

The Director

VP 2016 SteelMags - Larry Farley
Larry Farley (Director) is making his directorial return to The Village after last year’s award-winning show, Looking, and is happy to be working again with his long time theatre friend Debbie Marinik. He has recently retired from the active practice of law and is devoting more time to his two grandchildren, and looking forward to traveling with his wonderful wife, Becky. Larry wishes all directors could work with such talented and nice actors as he has in this cast. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this show a success.
VP 2016 SteelMags - Debbie Marinik
Debbie Marinik (Assistant Director) has been a Village Player for a few decades, and is spending most of her theatre time these days wearing a head set and stage managing shows. Her last collaboration with Larry Farley was last season’s award winning Looking. Debbie is very happy to currently be hanging with Larry and all the ladies at Truvy’s! beauty salon. Enjoy the show!

The Cast

VP 2016 SteelMags - Deb Shaffer
Deb Shaffer (Truvvy) is thrilled to perform at The Village! Recently seen as Alice in the fall 3B Productions show, The Addams Family, Deb has performed with several area theaters. Some favorite roles from the last few years include Mame in Mame with the Findlay Light Opera; the Witch of Into the Woods with Archbold Community Theatre; Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace at the Toledo Rep; Ariadne Oliver in Cards on the Table; and Muriel in Death by Golf both with the Black Swamp Players. A realtor with Welles Bowen Realtors, Deb works in the Bowling Green, Perrysburg, and Toledo area markets. Deb and Michael, her wonderful, supportive husband, live in Bowling Green and have 5 married sons and 6 grandchildren.
VP 2016 SteelMags - Jordan Killam
Jordan Killam (Annelle) has returned to the stage after a 14-year hiatus. She is an alum of the Children’s Theater Workshop and currently works as a Recruiting Coordinator at Pontoon Solutions in downtown Toledo. Jordan is also a freelance copywriter and journalist and regularly contributes to The Toledo City Paper, Village Life and Home Magazine, and other local publications. She serves on the board of Young Jewish Toledo as Social Chair and is active in Circle 2445, The Toledo Museum of Art’s young professionals group. Jordan loves her Old West End neighborhood, vintage and sustainable fashion, wine club, and obsessing over the real estate market. She is honored to have played the role of Annelle and thanks the entire cast and crew of Steel Magnolias!
VP 2016 SteelMags - Barbara Barkan
Barbara Barkan (Clairee) has directed at The Village for the past five seasons. The most recent being the critically acclaimed Circle, Mirror, Transformation. She also directed Born Yesterday, The Heiress, and School for Husbands. A veteran actress and director, she has also worked at the Toledo Rep and Actors Collaborative Toledo. Barbara volunteers as a mentor at Toledo School for the Arts. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to Los Angeles to visit and work with her daughter Thea, also an actress and playwright. Swanee y’all.
VP 2016 SteelMags - Marrisa Rex
Marissa Rex (Shelby) is tickled pink to perform in her 8th production at The Village. Other memorable productions include: Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Theresa), The Birds (Julia), The Heiress (Catherine), and Impossible Marriage (Floral) with The Village; Blithe Spirit (Ruth), I Hate Hamlet (Deirdre), and Inventing van Gogh (Hallie) with The Rep; Rapture, Blister, Burn (Avery) with Actors Collaborative Toledo; and The Mousetrap (Mollie) with The Valentine Studio A Theatre. When not indulging her love of the stage, Marissa works as an elementary school counselor. Marissa would like to thank the cast and crew for a rewarding experience. She also sends love to her family, friends, and Justin and Jack for giving her not only “thirty minutes of wonderful,” but a lifetime of truly special.
VP 2016 SteelMags - Lydia Schafer
Lydia Schafer (M’Lynn) was Nina in last season’s Looking production at The Village Players. Originally from Brazil, Lydia has grown up performing. She took 20 years off to focus on a BA/honors degree in Biology(UT), PhD in Medical Sciences(MCO) and raise her family. Retiring after 13 years as an Assistant Professor/Pathology at MCO (UTMC), she began performing as the lead female vocalist for the Plat Three Band. Lydia returned to the stage in Findlay Light Opera’s 2011 Mame (Vera Charles). Now performing regularly in the Rep’s Christmas Carol as the laundress/Nell, she had the honor of being in Rep’s Noises Off (Belinda/Flavia), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), and Pirates of Penzance (Ruth). Last year she was in Croswell’s Memphis (Gladys Calhoun) and 3b’s Addams Family (Morticia). Lydia does commercials for TV13 and has narrated an audiobook. Her new band venture is Legal Science. Also a Toledo Museum of Art Ambassador, she is the Editor of their newsletter, Musings. Lydia thanks her incredible husband, Dr. Patrick Schafer and children, Joseph and Liz for their love and support.
VP 2016 SteelMags - Carol Ann Erford
Carol Ann Erford (Ouiser) This has been a banner season for Carol Ann. In September she appeared in Tartuffe at the Toledo Rep, then just finished the production of Circle, Mirror, Transformation here at The Village Players. She has also just performed in a reading of Bakersfield Mist for Actors Collaborative Toledo. She is now looking forward to this production. Please enjoy!