MAC adopts new covid rules for first indoor play since 2020

Sep 21, 2021

The Marion Art Center will reopen for its first indoor staged event since 2020, with the production of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Jennifer Palmer.

The cast includes Kate Fishman, Zara Lemieux, Brianna Rosario, Margo Ruggiero, Susan Sullivan, and Elaine Vercellone, with Jade Beauregard as understudy. The Stage Manager is Andrea Cantin, Sound and Lighting is by Steven McManus and Hair and Costume is by Seth Sweeney.

Show Dates are Oct. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for MAC members and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets will be available for online purchase starting Sept. 24 at

The play follows a group of women from various backgrounds in a hair salon in Los Angeles. As the story proceeds through comedy and tragedy, it becomes how these women have been each other’s strength through friendship and love.

The Marion Art Center has implemented a mask and vaccination policy to protect the health of its guests, cast, crew, staff and volunteers.

All theater guests must be fully vaccinated (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose) against the COVID-19 virus, or guests may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Accepted tests include a PCR test taken in the prior 72-hour period or antigen test taken in the prior 6 hours. Tests must be officially administered (no self-administered at-home tests will be accepted). All patrons regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times while inside the Marion Art Center.

Anyone unable to meet these requirements will not be allowed entry into the theater. Volunteers and ticket takers will check for proof of vaccination or negative COVID test at the door. There will be no cabaret tables set up for this production, and seating is still first come, first serve.

Ticket sales are limited to forty guests per show. Advanced purchase is strongly recommended. For more information, visit, email, or call 508-748-1266.