Tagline: "The funniest show to make you cry."
Audition Dates and Times
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm Oxford Community Center
Sunday, January, 28, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Oxford Community Center
May 03. 2018- May 13, 2018
Set in a small town in Louisiana ‐‐ in the time of really big hair ‐‐ six women gather in Truvy's beauty shop for gossip, friendship, and support. These women are true steel magnolias: southern belles who are flowery on the outside, but tough as steel inside.
The play is alternately hilarious and touching as it moves from the excitement of Shelby’s wedding to sadness as friends mourn her loss. The dialogue is sharp and funny and all six roles are interesting and challenging.
Truvy Jones – to play 35 ‐50 ‐ Owns the beauty shop. Vivacious. Dispenses advice with lots of hairspray.
Annelle Dupup‐Desoto ‐ to play 18 ‐ 28 ‐ Newly hired assistant. Moves from unsure to wild to religious.
Clairee Belcher ‐ to play 55 to late 60’s ‐ Widow of former mayor. Grand dame. Elegant, sophisticated, a true beauty.
Shelby Eatenton‐Latcherie – to play 20-30 ‐ Prettiest girl in town. Loves pink. Strong willed, passionate.
M'Lynn Eatenton ‐ to play 40 to 50’s ‐ Shelby's mother. Always knows what’s best, strong, stubborn, the heart of the piece.
Ouiser (pronounced Weezer) Boudreaux ‐ to play 55 to late 60’s ‐ Wealthy curmudgeon. Tough, Eccentric character.
Male Radio DJ/Announcer-Any age
Director's Character Remarks
Please prepare one or more of the following monologues, sides will be read from the script. Looking for strong, passionate actors, all ages and ethnicities encouraged to audition. Please do not type yourself out, do not role type against the movie.
Truvy (talking to Annelle about the local gossip. She obviously knows it all)
I have a strict philosophy that I have stuck to for fifteen years… “There’s no such thing as natural beauty.” Remember that, or we’re out of a job. You must live close by. Within walking distance, I mean. I didn’t see a car. You live over at Robeline’s, right? Ruth Robeline, now there’s a story. She’s a twisted, troubled soul. Her life’s been an experiment in terror. Husband killed in Vietnam. I have to tell you, when it comes to suffering, she’s right up there with Elizabeth Taylor.
Annelle (talking to M’lynn about Shelby’s death)
I think in Shelby’s case, she wanted to take care of that baby, of you, of everybody she knew… and her poor body was just worn out. It wouldn’t let her do everything she wanted to do. So she went to on to a place where she could be a guardian angel. She will always be young. She will always be beautiful. And I personally feel much safer knowing she’s up there on my side. I know some people might think that sounds real simple and stupid… and maybe I am. But that’s how I get through things like this.
Clairee (meeting Annelle for the first time)
Knock, Knock. Morning, Truvy. I have been out at the high school this morning, and I have the pom-poms to prove it. I was out at the crack of dawn. (Truvy introduces Annelle) Hello, Annelle. Well I’m a little embarrassed. If I had known I was meeting new people, I would have taken a little more pride in my appearance. I have been at the dedication of our new football field. I am not always this windblown.
Shelby (talking to her mom about her pregnancy and her possible health problems)
Mama, I don’t know why you have to make everything so difficult. I look at having this baby as the opportunity of a lifetime. Sure, there may be some risk involved. That’s true for anybody. But you get through it and life goes on. And when it’s all said and done there’ll be a piece of immortality with Jackson’s looks and my sense of style … I hope. Mama, please. I need your support. I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
M’Lynn (speaking about the last minutes with Shelby)
I stayed there. I kept on pushing … just like I always have where Shelby was concerned … hoping she’d sit up and argue with me. But finally we all realized there was no hope. At that point I panicked. I was afraid that I wouldn’t survive the next few minutes while they turned off the machines. Drum couldn’t take it. He left. Jackson couldn’t take it. He left. It struck me as amusing. Men are supposed to be made of steel or something. But I couldn’t leave. I just sat there holding Shelby’s hand while the sounds got softer and the beeps got farther apart until all was quiet. There was no noise, no tremble. Just peace. I realized as a woman how lucky I was. I was there when this wonderful person drifted into this world, and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life so far.
Ouiser (arguing with Clairee over going out to get cultured in New York)
Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t see plays because I can nap at home for free. I don’t see movies because they’re all trash and full of naked people. And I don’t read books because if they’re any good, they’ll be made into a mini-series. And as far as Owen is concerned, Clairee, a dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. We are friends. He would like more. I’m dealing with that. But I am old and set in my ways. Besides, I can’t help that men find me desirable.