Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Oradell, NJ, February 6, 2018 - Bergen County Players (BCP) continues
its 85th season with Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling and
directed by Ellyn Essig. Steel Magnolias will run February 17th
through March 10th with curtain at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and
2 pm on Sundays. All performances will take place at the Little

Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. Tickets may be
purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by
visiting the box office during regular box office hours.

Steel Magnolias focuses on the camaraderie of six Southern women who
talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times
and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The play is
alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are
delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

When asked “Why Steel Magnolias?”, Director Ellyn Essig responded, “I
chose Steel Magnolias to celebrate how the power of love, friendship
and humor can transform the joys and tragedies that inevitably befall
all of us. In the current climate of derision and stress, Steel
Magnolias shows us to be proud of whom we are, take care of our
friends and everyone has an eccentric side. If Steel Magnolias didn't
invent the saying "Live, Laugh and Love" should have”.

A Life Member of BCP, Essig’s previous directing credits here and
elsewhere include " Getting Away With Murder”, “A Midsummer Night's
Dream", "Catch Me If You Can", "A Christmas Carol" and “Hair”. She is
the current BCP Decor Chair and has served as Set Decor designer for
more than 20 BCP main stage productions, her efforts resulting in a
Perry Award for "Table Manners" (2005) and Perry Nominations for
"Angel Street" (2008) and "Ruthless!" (2014).

The talented cast of Steel Magnolias includes Chloe Nevill of Ringwood
(as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie), Carol Fisher of Teaneck (as M'Lynn
Eatenton), Cheryl Woertz of Alpine (as Ouiser Boudreaux), Sharon
Podsada of Emerson (as Clairee Belcher), Janica Carpenter of Old
Tappan (as Truvy Jones) and Elisabeth Erdmann of East Hanover (as
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto).

The crew of Steel Magnolias includes: Ellyn Essig (Director), Rhea
Smith (Producer), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), Matthew Blum (Ass’t.
to Director), Gerard Bourcier (Lighting Designer), Rob DeScherer
(Sound Designer), Cliff Dreispan (Sound Operation), Randi Kestin
(Lighting Operation), Jennifer Cottone (Publicity), Katie Lupfer
(Costumes), Lynne Lupfer (D├ęcor), Michael Smith (Set Design &
Construction/ Photography), Bill Wetzel (Workday Photos), Rhea Smith
(Program Notes/Bios), Lawrence Laterza (Props & Crew), Gloria Bumbaco
(Props & Crew), Dan Loverro (Crew), James Lugo (Member-at-large),
Mariann Felice (Hair & Wigs) and Earle Ziff (Voice Overs).


• All performances for Steel Magnolias take place at The Little
Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the
Bergen County Players since 1949. Performances run February 17 – March
10, 2018 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays
at 2 pm.

• Tickets for Steel Magnolias are $21 for Friday/Saturday performances
and $17 for Sunday matinees, and can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box
office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office
hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.

• BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held
following the performance on Friday, February 23, 2018.

• Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email or call the main number and press #6.

• Row K, Seats #1 and #2 are held to accommodate people with
disabilities. They can be purchased by calling the box office at
201-261-4200. These seats will be released for public sale two weeks
prior to performance.

• Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper
ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush
seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before
curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a
limit of one rush ticket per student.

• Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street,
one-half block north of the theater.

Photo: (l-r) Cheryl Woertz, Sharon Podsada, Chloe Nevill,
Carol Fisher, Elisabeth Erdmann and Janica Carpenter  Photo by Michael Smith

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