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.
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.