A play set in a particular place and time, often requires the use of a dialect. Vocal coach Ann Price helped the cast of Idaho Shakespeare Festival's "Steel Magnolias" learn a specific dialect from the play's setting in Northwest Louisiana. The parish of Chinquapin is modeled after playwright Robert Harling's hometown of Natchitoches.
The play opens Sept. 5 at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. You can read more about the production in Friday's Scene.
"Steel Magnolias" plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays Sept. 5-28, ISF Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. $30-$42 Fridays-Saturdays, $25-$35 Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays. Preview (Sept. 5): $25 reserved, $18 general. Family night (Sept. 7): $35 reserved, $25 general, $12 children 6-17. Get tickets.
Check out some dialect resources:
Listen to the mayor of Natchitoches, Louisiana