2015-16 Season Auditions


by Robert Harling.

This modern classic concerns a group of true friends, all of whom are Southern women, as they live their lives in a northern Louisiana town.

M’Lynn Eatonton and her daughter, Shelby, are preparing for Shelby’s wedding as the play opens. Truvy Jones, owner of the beauty parlor where the women gather, has taken in a stranger to town, Annelle Dupuy, as her new manicurist. Ouiser Boudreaux and Clairee Belcher, two of the matriarchs of the town, also stop by to get themselves ready for the wedding. As the play progresses through four scenes, the audience learns the strength of these “steel magnolias,” their fears, hopes, and truths.

Steel Magnolias will be presented on the Mainstage, directed by Tony Daniel.  Auditions will be on Mar 5–6 at 7 PM at Newnan Theatre Company. People wishing to audition should come prepared with a one-minute comedic monologue, preferably from a Southern author. There will also be cold readings from the script and possibly some interactions involving improvisation and storytelling.

Casting the roles of:

M’Lynn Eatonton: mid to late 40’s–50, strong-willed mother of Shelby

Shelby Eatonton: Mid 20’s, very happy girl, but suffering from diabetes, a dreamer

Ouiser Boudreaux: mid-50’s–early 60’s, “ornery as sin” but hiding a tender heart

Clairee Belcher: mid-50’s–early 60’s, a rock of Southern grace and charm, but with a dagger for a tongue

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto: mid–late 20’s, scared on her first time alone in the world, but willing to learn to live

Truvy Jones: mid-40’s, owner of the beauty parlor, a voice of reason, almost like a Greek chorus

The show will run May 11–14 and 18–21. Please bring a calendar of your schedule with you so a rehearsal schedule can be planned. Please note, this is a show charged with emotion, and those emotions need to be felt as much as acted. If there are any other questions about the auditions, please email the director at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org or call 770.683.6282.

Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind to any performer to take part in its productions.

All roles are non-equity/non-paying.

If you have questions about these auditions or any production please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org.