Henley takes Florida stage as a Steel Magnolia

MONTICELLO, Fla. -- Victoria Henley of Colquitt, who writes an occasional movie review column for The Albany Herald, is playing the role of Annelle Dupuy DeSoto in the Monticello Opera House's presentation of "Steel Magnolias."

The play, primarily set in Truvy's Beauty Shop, follows the lives of six women as they support and console one another while negotiating life with its humor and drama, triumphs and tragedies.

Henley, 17, portrays Annelle, who was played in the 1989 big screen version by Darryl Hannah. Annelle is described as an "adorably simple, yet multi-dimensional and complex young woman" who leaves the people who betrayed her and is searching for employment and a new start at Truvy's. Annelle finds solace, love, and acceptance in the arms of her five newfound friends, and later realizes that she might just be the glue that holds them all together when an unexpected tragedy strikes.

Henley's last performance was last November when she tackled the role of Miranda in the Capital City Shakespeare group's presentation of "The Tempest" in Monticello and Tallahassee.

The "Steel Magnolia" performances opened Friday. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Feb. 27 and 8 p.m. March 4-5. Dinner theater packages also are available. Contact the Monticello Opera House box office at (850) 997-4242.

Albany's top yard chosen for month of February

ALBANY -- The home of Amy and Rick Collett , 2316 Winchester Drive, has been selected as February Yard of the Month by the Albany Daffodil Garden Club.

Club president Marideane Maxwell describes the residence as a "lovely home with sweeping flower beds bordered with mondo grass surrounding boxwoods ... many dynamic areas with large specimen plants and trees that really get your attention."

Each month the club spotlights an Albany residence for its aesthetic qualities. You can nominate a yard by contacting the club at (229) 436-6888.

Museum celebrates Sharaku exhibition

ALBANY -- The Albany Museum of Art is planning a fundraising celebration for its current exhibition, "Sharaku Interpreted by Japan's Contemporary Artists."

The event, "Sake and Sharaku," is slated for 7 p.m.-9 p.m. March 3. Each participant will receive a complimentary sake cup and sushi will be provided by Tokyo Sushi & Hibachi. Admission to the event is $30 per person.

The exhibition continues at the museum, 311 Meadowlark Drive, through March 26.

Contact (229) 439-8400 for information.