STEEL MAGNOLIAS a Great Success in Linden

SCT Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man con­grat­u­lates actress Lin Tay­lor Rag­gio on her por­trayal of M’Lynn Eat­en­ton in STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Tay­lor Rag­gio has acted in a num­ber of suc­cess­ful SCT productions

Jim Cole­man with Che Franklin, a vet­eran from such SCT shows as NUNSENSE and CINDERELLA

LINDEN, CA — The new Com­mu­nity The­atre of Linden’s final per­for­mance of Robert Harling’s Steel Mag­no­lias took place on Sat­ur­day, August 13, at the Lin­den High School Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, with many Stock­ton Civic The­atre stal­warts in atten­dance, includ­ing SCT Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man. Co-Directed by Bob­bie Wallinger and Den­nis Sorensen, the play’s bit­ter­sweet sto­ry­line moved the audi­ence to laugh­ter and tears just as it was intended to do.

Cast mem­bers included SCT reg­u­lars Lin Tay­lor Rag­gio (Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas, Dearly Departed, Okla­homa) and Che Franklin (Nun­sense shows and Cin­derella), as well as Binaca Kim, Kim­berly Romberger, and mother-daughter team Pam and Kar­lie Knapp.

Accord­ing to Jim Cole­man, SCT is proud and pleased to sup­port new com­mu­nity the­atre groups as they form in the area. “Any expan­sion of Per­form­ing Arts in the Val­ley is good for Stock­ton Civic The­atre, said Cole­man, and we’ll do all we can to help pro­vide resources and attend their performances.”

SCT loaned flats and other scenery ele­ments for Steel Mag­no­lias.

In addi­tion to Cole­man, SCT reg­u­lars seen in the audi­ence were Busi­ness Man­ager Patrick Rogers and wife, direc­tor Coraleta; actor Mike Moon and part­ner Kent Scar­lota; director/actor Richard Garvin and wife, the multi-talented Liz; from 42ND STREET, actor Steven Orr and dancer Jeanette Cum­mings; Past Pres­i­dent Mar­vin Williamson and his actress wife Judy; mic ladies Nancy Bowles and Mary For­ni­ciari; Direc­tor Elaine Sac­ulla; Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor Jim and fundraiser Suzi Tre­ganza, and many others.

After­ward, the SCT con­tin­gent attended a cast party held at the ele­gant Lin­den home of Chuck and Lin Rag­gio just a few blocks from the the­atre, where a great time was had by all.

- Jim Treganza

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