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CCHS actresses perform production of “Steel Magnolias”

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Pictured are Lakelin Lemmings, Ariel Faulkner, Lia Williams, Emma Noles and Ella Noles during a scene in last weekend’s high school production of “Steel Magnolias.”

Chester County High School’s Eagle Epic Productions put on “Steel Magnolias” this past weekend for the Chester County community.
On Saturday, they held shows and also served lunch and dinner during the productions, while Sunday was just the show.
The cast of the show was Ariel Faulkner as Truvy, Lia Williams as Annelle, Emma Noles as Clariee, Eden Burleson as Shelby, Lakelin Lemmings as M’Lynn and Ella Noles as Ouiser. The show was directed by Jesse McCaskill and assisted by Carol Ann Williams.
Burleson enjoyed being a part of a show that connected her with a small group of girls and being a part of a show that spoke to people.
“I really enjoyed the small cast of girls and it was really awesome to get close to the girls I’ve known through different areas of my life,” Burleson said. “I got to be in a show that really spoke to people and it felt like I was connecting the older generation with the younger generation with a show that’s just got everything in it.”

Pictured is Eden Burleson as Shelby in “Steel Magnolias.” Photos by Kendall Patterson

During a scene in the production, her character, Shelby, has a seizure and Burleson took that part to heart in portraying what some people struggle with. “I really got to expand my acting abilities, because I ‘ve never had a seizue before, so I got to replicate that and do justice to what some people really struggle with, so I think its also really special to get to portray what some people go through in their everyday lives.”
That role helped her understand one of the messages of “Steel Magnolias.”
“It helped me to realize scary things happen in life. There’s a line at the end of the show that says, ‘Life goes on,’ and I just feel like that’s just an important message at the end of the show, because throughout the show you see the community and the close-knit group that even when they lose Shelby they still have that togetherness because of the love and strength that they share.”

By Kendall Patterson

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