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Steel Magnolias Cast & Crew Bios

Steel Magnolias Cast Bios
All Photos by Ron Abrams unless noted

Danielle King (Truvy) is a practicing Christian, Co-Founder of The Renaissance Guild-San Antonio’s Premiere Black Theatre Company, and founder of DramaChild Productions. Her recent theatre performances include roles in the musicals Hairspray and Crowns, Rumors, Crimes of the Heart, Ethics Follies, and Black & Blue. She recently directed Black Nativity and has won several Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards including her last two for Best Actress in a Drama for Blues For An Alabama Sky, and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Nuncrackers. She enjoys conducting acting and voice lessons.

C.T. Rhames (Annelle) made her San Antonio main stage debut at the Joe Long Theatre (Carver) in The King as Sarabi and a music production entitled A Little Touch of Soul. Prior to main stage, she was heavily involved with school productions for school age children. She is a proud mother of Anani, her daughter. A crowning moment for her was when she co-starred with Anani in The king. She credits all her gifts to God. A special thanks to her husband, Darryl.

Adele Sewell (Shelby) debuted in the musical Hairspray at The Woodlawn Theatre, August of 2010, as Little Inez. Having enjoyed watching performances from a young age, she decided to step out of the audience and onto the stage. These past months, performing and working behind the scenes, has found to be a refreshingly invigorating experience for her. Adele is honored and thankful of Director Antoinette Winstead to be apart of Steel Magnolias, and to The Renaissance Guild for providing the opportunity.

Cassandra Small (Clariee) Ms. Small launched her media career in San Antonio as an On-Air personality with KAPE/KCHL radio and went on to Host KLRN-TV’s “Artbeat” Appearing in numerous TV commercials and feature films, she is a runway model and motivational speaker as well. She is a proud member of the musical performance group, “The Powerhouse Divas” This group is her “musical Sisterhood” and has been likened to the Las Vegas “Rat Pack” experience…for those old enough to recall. Ms. Small’s music ministry is “The Message”, a multi-denominational Gospel group.

Cyndi Lucas (M’Lynn) Cyndi is delighted to reprise her role as M’Lynn in TRG’s reunion production of Steel Magnolias. Community theater has been a well loved hobby of Cyndi’s life for as long as she can remember. She was last seen onstage as Miss Sherman in the musical Fame at the historic Woodlawn Theater. When not performing, you can find Cyndi enjoying her work behind the scenes as the Woodlawn’s resident stage manager.

Denise Swain (Ouiser) previously appeared in TRG productions of Steel Magnolias, Dearly Departed and Act One Series. She has also worked in various productions in the San Antonio area including: Appointed Feast, Sanctimonious Spectre, Speak Easy of the Dead, Dedicated to the Ones I Love, Raisin in the Sun, Hidden In Plain View (where she played Harriett Tubman), The Boys Next Door and Darfur Calls. Denise wishes to thank her family, friends, and co-workers for all their support when she is in the diva-mode.

Steel Magnolias Crew Bios
All Photos by Ron Abrams unless noted

Antoinette F. Winstead (Director): Professor of Drama at Our Lady of the Lake University, she has a BFA in Film/TV Production from NYU and a MFA in Film from Columbia University. For her direction of TRG’s 2006 A Raisin in the Sun, she received the 2005 – 2006 ATAC Globe Award for Director of Drama. Other plays she has directed for TRG include: Fence; Blues for an Alabama Sky; Fabulation; and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Steel Magnolias marks her seventh main stage production for TRG.

Angela Bennett (Assistant Director) previously appeared in TRG’s Fabulation and Crimes of the Heart, was assistant director and stage manager for Rumors, and has directed three plays in the ActOne Series. She won ATAC Awards for her roles in Spell #7 and In The Blood, and her TV credits include Friday Night Lights, ER, Between Kings and Queens, Sisters In The Spirit, The MC Hammer Story, and a national campaign for Kia. Angela gives thanks and honor to God for the journey, and to her family and friends for all of their patience, encouragement, and support.

Sharon Lisa Smith (Costumer) is a Director, Writer, Actress, Poet, Co-owner of Hallelujah Films. She is an ATAC Judge, is represented by Condra Artista Talent Agency, and was over True Vision Church Drama Ministry for 7 yrs. She recently was assistant director & costume designer for Black Nativity, has been in several stage plays and was the Lead Actress for “I’m Still A Man”, and “A Way Out” A B MoHoly Produtions. She has been in over 15 TV commercials including HEB, Target, Taco Cabana, Via, and Ancira, several short films, and in the 2006 Movie “The Return”. She is truly blessed and Loves the Lord, without God none of this would have been possible.

Jesse Arenas (Light Designer) is a Freelance Lighting Designer for several companies in San Antonio. He designs for permanent installations for Churches, Schools, and Corporate settings. Recently he designed the lighting for a corporate event that produced a musical revue located on Broadway New York City. He has worked at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, and various production companies here in San Antonio. He has worked in production in San Antonio for over 15 years.

Cindy Rodriguez (Light/Sound Board Operator) has been treading the stage boards for a loooong time- but we digress. Her experiences with TRG have been an important addition to her repertoire, and once again she joins the crew of a dynamic offering for the delight of San Antonio audiences. Her desire is that you enjoy the show as much as she does!

Darryl Rhames (Light/Sound Board Operator) is a strong supporter of his family and the progression of youth in general. He works in the education industry and volunteers to assist when a positive impact for his family and today’s youth can be made.

Karen McPeters (Prop Master) has worked in various stage productions at Kingwood College in the Houston area including “Quadroon Ball” and “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up” which was directed by Ron Jones. Her skills landed her several scholarships from the Fine Arts Department. She made her San Antonio debut in the “Black Nativity” play which was directed by Danielle King and TRG productions. She says that she felt honored to be a part of the play and to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast and crew. She recently participated in her first staged reading of the play “El sabor del pasado” by Celeste Guzman Mendoza at the Guadalupe Theatre. She is looking forward to continuing her acting and working behind the stage whenever opportunity presents itself.

Briana Coleman (Prop Assistant) made her acting debut in the TRG production of The Black Nativity and she is a full-time student at St. Philips College. This is her second time being involved with TRG and she intends to continue her acting career with TRG in future productions.

Scharlette Donald (Technical Support) is an actress, vocalist, and writer. She has participated in multiple TRG productions since 2007. She has performed in multiple local music venues in San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin as she continues to pursue her passion of music, theatre, and writing.

Steve Wire (Set Constructor Assistant) graduated from Texas State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Directing. He has performed in such productions as Jake’s Women and Proof, and his directing credits include Waiting For Godot, The Elephant Man, and The Glass Menagerie. Steve will continue with his second summer as Director of TRG and Carver Summer Youth Camp. And looks forward to working with Steel Magnolias cast and crew.

Ron Abrams (Photographer – abramsphotography.com) was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to San Antonio after retiring from the US ARMY in 2005. He received his BS in Management in May of this year. He has photographed for the Renaissance Guild from 2008 to present. Fabulation, and ActOne series plays are of his latest photography projects and has done exceptional work in presenting the great photography you see in this flyer.

Paul Riddle Jr. (Producer) is a Co-Founder and President of TRG. Paul began his acting career over 16 years ago and some of his on stage appearances include The Gin Game, Raisin In the Sun, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Fences, Betrayal and Blessed Assurance. Paul produced several ActOne and Mainstage plays including the ATAC winning production of A Raisin in the Sun. He is happy to watch others on and off stage enjoying the magic of theatre. Paul continues to thank God and all of the support from patrons, family and friends.

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