PoCo actors in tear jerker Steel Magnolias play

Port Coquitlam actors Lalainia Lindbjerg and Chy star in Steel Magnolias, a play by Boone Dog Productions that opens on Valentines Day.

Port Coquitlam actors Lalainia Lindbjerg and Chy star in Steel Magnolias, a play by Boone Dog Productions that opens on Valentines Day.

Lindbjerg, who is also a co-producer, is cast as M’Lynn — the mother portrayed by Sally Field in the 1989 flick — while Chy is Ouiser, the grumpy plain-spoken character played by Shirley MacLaine in the film.

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A new collective in Vancouver, Boone Dog will run the all-female stage show from Feb. 14 to March 8 at The Nest (1398 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island.

Also appearing in the Shel Piercy-directed play are: Jaime Percy as Shelby, Gillian Barber as Clairee, Ranae Miller as Annelle and Coquitlam dance instructor Sheryl Anne Wheaton as Truvy.

“Steel Magnolias is a powerful story about the healing nature of friendship — an incredibly important message in our fast-paced and increasingly lonely society today,” Lindbjerg said in a news release.

It’s also a fundraiser for the BC Diabetes Research Network and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (diabetes group), based on the plot about Type 1 diabetes and in recognition of cast members who’ve been affected by the disease.

For tickets starting at $28, visit steelmagnoliasvancouver.com

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