The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado has announced the production team for Steel Magnolias, due to perform in June.

The team, led by director Tripp Phillips, is made up of a broad group of theater professionals closely related to the SAAC, talented amateurs and active members of the SAAC Theater Steering Committee who will come together to bring the world of Chinquapin, Louisiana to life Stage.

Laura Allen is deputy managing director, Scotty Cain, who will serve as assistant director, production manager and costume co-ordinator. Cain comes from El Dorado and is a longtime SAAC veteran. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York City.

Works in the cloakroom departments of many major Broadway shows including “Moulin Rouge”, “Hamilton” and “Bullets Over Broadway”. Behind Scotty Backstage will work stage manager Rhett Davis, who spends his days as office manager of ArtAttack! Graphic design.

The scenic design is led by Selby Souza, a set designer based in New York and San Francisco. She is currently the dresser for the Schools of Entertainment at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Shawn Dartez from El Dorado is the master carpenter of the production and turns Selby’s vision into reality. Richard Wharton serves as a chest of drawers; and Katy Callaway Hayes is the set painting director.

Regan Dodson from El Dorado will be the lighting designer for the show.

The show’s poster and graphic identity were designed by Philip Tommey, a longtime member of the SAAC family who is currently a freelance graphic designer and internet developer based in Chicago.

The sound designer Jacob George is a 16-year veteran of the SAAC stage and has been an integral part of a large number of productions both on the stage and at the technical level.

The SAAC legend Mary Egerer, who has contributed to almost 80 productions, becomes co-costume coordinator and assistant to the director.

The hair and wigs are supervised by Kati Blanchard and Brandi Lyons from the Possibilities Salon.

Felice Lamoreux and Susan Smith took on the real estate surveillance challenge in this prop-heavy and time-specific show.

“Steel Magnolias” is sponsored by Murphy USA. It will be on display at the South Arkansas Arts Center June 17-20 and June 24-27. Tickets are available from June 1st at or by calling 870-862-5474.