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North Carolina Theatre Releases Steel Magnolias Podcast

Southern Sisterhood Play Comes to A.J. Fletcher Theater at Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts April 20-29

Raleigh, NC, April 19, 2012 --( Kristin Buie, communications manager of North Carolina Theatre (, has announced the release of a podcast featuring actress Maddie Chloe Taylor discussing Steel Magnolias, a humorous play that will run from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 29 at A.J. Fletcher Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2 E. South St. In the podcast, Taylor, who plays the character of Annelle, discusses the quintessential story of family and friendship in a unique Southern sisterhood, as well as gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to act in a North Carolina Theatre production. The podcast is available at

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. every night except Monday, April 23, with additional matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Steel Magnolias is a skillfully crafted portrayal of eccentricity, loyalty and love set in a small-town beauty parlor. The title suggests that although they appear delicate as magnolias, the main female characters are tough as steel. This revealing play will take viewers on an emotional journey filled with laughter and tears. The production is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

For more information about the musical or to purchase tickets, call the NC Theatre Conservatory at (919) 855-0015 or visit

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“Steel Magnolias is a familiar title to many of us in the South, and this version, written by Robert Harling, will provide audiences with an enjoyable and often relatable production,” said Buie. “Featuring a cast featuring talented veteran actresses of the New York stage who have many other credits in film and television, this play will touch your heart and mind as you laugh and empathize with these women in their struggles and triumphs.”

- Tickets are $70 per person for lower seats and $55 for upper ones.

About North Carolina Theatre:
North Carolina Theatre is Raleigh’s premiere nonprofit regional theatre. NC Theatre was created to strengthen the cultural vitality of the region and cultivate musical theatre appreciation by producing outstanding professional Broadway musicals and developing the next generation of artists through youth training, performance and outreach programs. By preserving the unique American art form of musical theatre, NC Theatre is able to provide broad access to the arts and to entertain and engage diverse audiences. For more information about the theatre, upcoming performance and tickets, please visit

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