Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
Director: Valerie Miller
Performance dates: 31 July to 22 August 2015
Audition: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Held at the Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive Castle Hill. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7.30pm start
This is a heart-warming play about six women who build a very strong friendship. It is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. This is a truly touching and funny play filled with Southern charm. The play contains clever wisecracks, crazy and comical antics and ‘heart-string pulling’ moments. The characters are witty and intelligent and will need to be portrayed as real women. This production will be Naturalistic in style.
I am looking for passionate actors who will bond strongly as a female ensemble so that the women’s friendship, with their underlying strength that they each carry, individually and together, will be a driving force on stage.
A Southern American (USA) accent is required.
This play is set in the 1980s so big hair and shoulder pads will also be an essential requirement!
Truvy Jones – 40ish: She is the owner of a small town beauty ‘shop’. Truvy knows everyone’s business and shares it with anyone who will listen. She is a Southern Belle beauty who always has country sayings for advise.
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto – 19 to early 20s: She is a very shy hairdresser who has just graduated from beauty school. Annelle goes from being a very soft-spoken girl to a bible-loving Christian. She wears her heart on her sleeve.
Clairee Belcher – in her 60s: A widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin. She is wealthy and also knows everyone’s business. Clairee is the sarcastic member of the group and she loves to laugh and poke fun at the little things that others cry over. Ouiser is her best friend.
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie – 25: The prettiest girl in town who is loved by all. She is a diabetic and very independent. Shelby loves her Mum but can be head strong and rebellious towards her.
M’Lynn Eatenton – mid 40s to 50ish: She is the over-protective mum of Shelby. She copes by needing to have a firm grasp on the world at all times. M’Lynn is a busy woman who worries about her precious Shelby.
Ouiser (pronounced Weezer) – in her 60s: She is the same age as Clairee. She is a wealthy, loveable yet miserable Old Southern woman. She does have a unique personality and sense of humour which comes at a great relief in the serious scenes. She is Clairee’s best friend.
* The ages are the characters ages
NOTE: The Rehearsals have been schedule to run mainly on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm.
FOR THE AUDITION
Please choose and prepare a short one (1) minute monologue, in a Southern Accent, from Steel Magnolias. You will also be required to participate in a reading from the play afterwards.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0414 656 463 sample monologues to be sent to you electronically before the audition or to discuss the production.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Adapted from Edgar Allen Poe
By Jack Neary
Directed by Paul Sztelma
Audition date: June 16, 7.30pm for an 8pm start
Production dates: Sept 25 to Oct 17
Rehearsals will usually be on Monday and Thursday nights with one or two Saturdays thrown in.
Edgar Allen Poe’s classic tale of madness, fear and decay – reinvented as a noir detective thriller set in Boston, 1935.
Shaughnessy (M, 40 onwards). Police detective – anxious, active and driven. Also a bit of a bully. 1st generation American though a slight Scottish brogue shines through.
James Brookfield (M, 30s). A successful writer of pulp fiction and a man who has witnessed the most appalling things. He is a survivor and a man who knows right from wrong. Or at least thinks he does.
Madeline Usher (F, 30s). Though in her mid 30s, she appears older, more weathered, fragile and scared. She’s a woman who has been through the wringer.
Roderick Usher (M, 30s). A startling presence – when he enters the room, the room belongs to him. The same age as Brookfield, he is however, not as robust – perhaps a sickly quality to him.
Fiona (F, early 20s to 30s). The Irish maid (with appropriate accent) but she is certainly no secondary character. Forthright and feisty – not the kind of girl you’d want to pick a fight with.
Dr Tremblay (M, middle aged and onwards). A medical professional with a terrible secret. Is he incompetent or criminal? Smaller role.
Claire (F, 15). Young, lovely and very pale. A small role but very important. Though Claire is 15, I will need an actress 18 or above in age to fulfil the requirements of this part.
I’d like the American characters to have subtle American/Bostonian (if possible) accents but don’t want it overdone. You won’t have to be perfect at the auditions but you will have to show aptitude for it.
Auditions will involve reading from the script and maybe some improvisation.
For more information or a copy of the script (and I strongly suggest you read the script!) contact: Before May 4 – Paul Sztelma on 0403 592 025 or email@example.com Between May 4 and June 12 – Annette Snars on 0438 328 794 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul will be overseas) After June 12 – Back to Paul.
Note: Castle Hill Players hold 7 auditions each year on a Tuesday night at the theatre. They are advertised two weeks prior on this website.