Auditions for the community theater play, “Steel Magnolias” is scheduled for Dec. 15-16, Thursday-Friday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening in The Matthews Opera House theater.
The director for this production is Joanna Mechaley.
Scripts for readings available
Sign out scripts for this production in the Art Gallery during gallery hours, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rehearsals start on Dec. 19.
“Steel Magnolias” performances are February 16-19, 2017.
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
40ish. Owner of the beauty shop.
66ish. Widow of former mayor. Grande dame.
19. Beauty shop assistant
25. Prettiest girl in town
50ish. Shelby’s mohter. Socially prominent career woman.
Ouiser (pronounced “Weezer”) Boudreaux
66ish. Wealthy Curmudgeon. Acerbic, but loveable.