Last week's production of Steel Magnolias displayed the incredible talent of Tampa Prep's Upper School Theater students.

The show was completely student-led. Directed by senior Alondra Rios, stage managed by senior Sammy Alvarez, and starring seniors Alexandra Paglieri, Marissa Schabes, Wren Livesay, Emma Stephens, Christine Dvorak and junior Abby Sarmat.


Set in Chinquapin Louisiana, Steel Magnolias is a touching story about the love, strength, and bond between 6 women who have made a community at Truvy’s hair salon. The challenges and heart break that occurs during the show but draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Alondra Rios said in an interview with The Current  "I chose Steel Magnolias because it really combines the beauty of women, with their grace and elegance. Showing that they are really strong and no matter what hardships happen not only by themselves but together they are strong."