Off Book Productions opens Steel Magnolias on April 12 at CHS - Celebration, Florida

The repertory theatre company of Celebration High School, Off Book Productions, will be closing their 14th season with a production of Robert Harling’s comedy-drama, Steel Magnolias.

This charming and timeless classic about the bond between a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana is a staple with something for everyone who loves to laugh, cry, or eat armadillo cake.  It appreciates humor and irony without being patronizing. The play is charming yet powerful with laughs.

The director of the show, Kristal Cruz, a senior at Celebration High School, had this to say about why she is so passionate about this show. “I’ve been looking forward to this production ever since we picked it for our spring play. I was completely in awe and honored to be chosen to direct such a beautiful, strong and meaningful play.  Steel Magnolias is everything and anything I aspire to be as a woman – strong, beautiful, independent and selfless. The amount of love and understanding this show illustrates to its audience is nothing short of inspiring.”

Off Book Productions recently finished assisting with the Celebration High School Theatre Department’s production of The Laramie Project, which captivated audiences in February.  The show brought a message of hope and tolerance to its audiences, and Ms. Cruz hopes to have a similar impact with her production. “We all need this play to learn to always stand with your fellow sisters….and brothers. Family isn’t defined by blood but more so by love and respect, which is what makes a family a Steel Magnolia.”

Off Book Productions will be presenting Steel Magnolias on April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 3 p.m. at The Randy Johnson Performing Arts Center at Celebration High School, 1809 Celebration Blvd. Tickets will be $8 at the door and concessions will be sold in the lobby.  See you at the theatre!


Article By: Chris Zehnal