Wright Rohde proudly presents our inaugural adult play

A tightly-knit band of friends, confront griefs, loss, life's unforeseen tragedies and heartaches with what they do best: gossiping and sharing. The spirited diabetic and bride-to-be, Shelby; her always supportive mother, M'Lynn; Truvy's gawky assistant, Annelle; the city's curmudgeon, Ouiser; and the town's former first lady, Clairee, are the warm Southern belles who know how to survive life's challenges with their unwavering friendship.

Friday 27 August 2021 7:00 PM and Saturday 28 August 2021 7:00 PM

Wright Rohde Black Box, Matua





Sam is so excited to be part of this fantastic show with such a talented cast of women and is so happy to have been chosen for the role of Truvy. The character of Truvy is bright and bubbly, she is always there for her friends in whatever way she can be, and she is also quite bold -  which Sam finds really relatable. She also loves doing hair so playing someone who owns a salon is perfect! 

This is her first endeavor into the play world as she normally does musicals, some of which include; Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, Heathers, Forbidden Broadway and many many others. She has also been in many offstage roles as the President of Morrinsville Theatre for a couple years, on creative teams directing and choreographing, mentoring new directors, production managing and backstage moving sets, doing hair, makeup, costumes and everything in between. 

Sam spends as much time being creative as possible with creating art, pottery and most recently has been doing makeup artistry which she is really passionate about. 



After a three year onstage hiatus to concentrate on directing and backstage roles Ginevra is thrilled to be in the cast for ‘Steel Magnolias’. 

Ginevra is a proud and vocal supporter of female pursuits and with a mother as a playwright & artist and equally theatrical extended family, ‘Steel Magnolias’ is a perfect opportunity to get her back in the limelight. 

Ginevra has had roles in Twelfth Night with Summer Shakespeare, Jesus Christ Superstar, Vampirates and Avenue Q and has also had the pleasure of directing Heathers and Legally Blonde for Tauranga Musical Theatre. 

Unlike Shelby, Ginevra is at home on large machinery. In her past life in Australia Ginevra was a blast hole driller in the mines, now she makes smaller holes as a machine operator in Tauranga.



For Natalie, acting and theatre is a daily indulgence, and has gifted her many exciting opportunities across television, film and stage. Natalie is a lover of the rehearsal process and is dedicated to honing her craft  and improving her skills, some would say in a rather addictive fashion. 

By Day (and Night) Natalie teaches 80 students Speech & Drama through her business ‘Wright Performance’ and is also co-owner of ‘Wright Rohde Theatre’, a performance based training ground for all ages. 

Prior roles include Zony Winning performances in ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Wicked’, core cast member in ‘Shortland Street’, ‘Xena’ and ‘Riding High’. Natalie also directed ‘Little Mermaid Jr’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream and ‘Ladies Night’ in Tauranga. 

Natalie is excited to tackle the multi faceted role of M’Lynn, and thanks her daughters Bella and Alex for giving her considerable ammunition to play a worrisome mother!.



Michelle has been involved in theatre for over 40 years. 
Predominantly seen painting, decorating, prop hunting and moving set, occasionally she steps beyond the pro arch, this time as the (ever so slightly type cast) cranky, eccentric, Ouiser. 
Other roles for Michelle include Old Lady #2 in 'The Producers', Crazy Lady in 'Sweeney Todd' and Frau Schneider in 'Cabaret'. 
Michelle is a life member of Tauranga Musical Theatre, a National Merit Award recipient for Musical Theatre New Zealand and a proud cat mother.



Sarah leapt at the chance to be part of this boutique production of Steel Magnolias with Wright Rohde Theatre.

It’s such a rich ensemble piece, exploring the bonds of friendship and family with deadly humour and searing honesty.

Sarah has been involved with many local theatre groups over the last few years, with roles ranging from Shakespeare to musical theatre, contemporary stage comedy to backing vocalist, Kiwi drama to Oscar Wilde, but this classic production is certainly one of her favourites.

She plays Clairee, and suspects that she and Clairee may have been separated at birth.

Both sassy and cantankerous, they each mask a few good traits with a variety of bad ones!



Having been involved with musicals for the past three years, Laura is excited to learn lines instead of dance moves for Steel Magnolias. She is looking forward to working closely with the Wright Rohde Theatre crew and show cast, and honing her stage skills in a challenging, but rewarding environment. Laura shares her love of the performing arts with a new-found love of boxing, as well as a never-ending pursuit to get into the outdoors with her fur baby. Thank you to Wright Rohde Theatre for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful production alongside some very talented, hard working people.