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Evangel University Theatre presents “Steel Magnolias”

Published on Nov 1, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s Humanities Department and Theatre program proudly present “Steel Magnolias,” a play by Robert Harling. Showtimes are Nov. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in Evangel’s Barnett Fine Arts Center. The community is invited to attend.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults (19-59), $10 for senior citizens (60+) and students/children (4-18), and $5 for current Evangel students with valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or on site.

Production and performers

 “Steel Magnolias” is a comedy-drama set in a small Louisiana beauty shop and follows the relationships of six women as they experience laughter, tears, and endurance through joy and tragedy. The play is based on Harling’s experience with his sister’s death.

“The appeal of “Steel Magnolias” is found in the strength of the relationships between the women who come to a beauty salon, the community hub, to experience life together,” said Lori Lawley, instructor of theatre at EU and the play’s co-director. “It’s a story of love and of grief, and a story of how life goes on.”

The cast features the following Evangel students:

  • M’Lynn – Anna Pratt, senior
  • Truvy – Olivia Ingamells, sophomore
  • Clairee – Peyton Allen, senior
  • Ouiser – Emily Jenkins, freshman
  • Shelby – Chloe Stoddard, junior
  • Annelle – Jolie Smallwood, freshman

“This show is about life and the people you meet along the way, who inevitably make life better,” said Peyton Allen, senior and cast member. “It’s been an honor bringing this show to life with some of the most talented women I’ve ever met.”


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at