Audition Information for Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by Sylvia Newell
Audition Dates: Sunday, September 12th 4:00pm - 6:00pm Tuesday, September 14th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Audition Location: GracePoint Wesleyan Church
1420 Orchard Drive
Brookings, SD 57006
Please use north doors and turn left (follow signs)
Performance Dates: November 11 -14, 2021
General Information for Auditions:
PLEASE COME ONLY ONE NIGHT. WE WILL BE SEEING MANY ACTORS SO IN THE EFFORT OF TIME, WE ASK THAT YOU COME ONLY ONE NIGHT. THERE IS NO ADVANTAGE TO COMING ALL NIGHTS
Please print and fill out the audition form below and bring with you to auditions. This form will also be available at the door.
We are auditioning actors: age 16+.
AUDITIONS WILL CONSIST OF:
– Reading from the script
– Director may lead improv exercises
– A movement audition may be asked for. We will put you through you a small section of a exercises in small groups. You will then be asked to perform it in front of the production team as a group. Please remember to wear clothing that you can move in and appropriate shoes (i.e NO sandals, flip-flops, etc..)
Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years”), intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. Eventually, when Shelby dies from complications related to her diabetes, M’Lynn has to deal with the most difficult of life’s challenges: the loss of one’s only child. As the women of Chinquapin makes their ways over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. “You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”
TRUVY JONES — 40ish. Owner of the Beauty Shop
ANNELLE DUPUY-DESOTO — 19ish. Beauty Shop Assistant
CLAIREE BELCHER — 66ish. Widow of former mayor. Grande dame.
SHELBY EATENTON-LATCHERIE — 25ish. Prettiest girl in town
M'LYNN EATENTON — 50ish. Shelby's mother. Socially prominent career woman.
OUISER (pronounced "Weezer") BOUDREAUX — 66ish. Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but lovable
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.