Thursday, July 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Two local stages continue shows this weekend

Tacoma Little Theatre presents Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Elliot Weiner starting this weekend and running through Nov. 3. Tacoma Musical Playhouse is staging "Les Miserables."

“Steel Magnolias” follows a group of gossipy Southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor as they live out life’s challenges with caring and laughter. This production features the talents of Stephanie Leeper (Truvy), Jessica Robins (Annelle), Dana Galagan (Clairee), Gretchen Boyt (Shelby), Kathi Aleman (M'Lynn), and Carol Richmond (Ouiser).

“Steel Magnolias” runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays until Nov. 3. Tickets are $15 to $22 and may be purchased online at, or by calling (253) 272-2281. The theater is located at 210 N. I St.

Also opening this weekend is Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s production of “Les Miserables,” which is being staged on the theater’s newly renovated stage.

“Les Miserables” is a musical version of the novel of the same name that follows convict turned mayor Jean Valjean struggling to rebuild his life after 19 years of unjust imprisonment and the relentless pursuit by his former jailer as Paris erupts with revolution.

James Walter plays Jean Valjean, from the Seattle Opera; and John Cooper plays Javert. Cooper will be performing this December in Vienna, Austria, in “The Birth of Christ.” He is also a Seattle Mariner’s National Anthem favorite. Tickets are $20 to $29. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 10. The theater is located at 7116 Sixth Ave. More information is available at