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Steel Magnolias Auditions

The Grand Opera House announces auditions for:

The play on which the 1989 film was based follows the lives of strong southern women in northwest Louisiana. At Truvy’s beauty shop the women are all sass and brass. Anybody who’s anybody is a regular there. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

Performances: February 25 & 26, March 4 & 5 @ 7:30 PM
February 27 and March 6 @ 2:00 PM

Director: Jenna Jensen

Auditions:
Sunday, December 12th – 3-6pm

Monday, December 13th – 6-9pm

Please show up at the start of the audition time.
Those who are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition
time should call the Grand Opera House business office
at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time.

Callbacks (if needed):
Wednesday (evening), December 14th

Location:

Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter through the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 

Audition Requirements:

  • Actors will be asked to read from a selection of short sides. These may be found after the character descriptions below and paper copies will be available the days of the auditions.
  • Digital audition forms can be filled out prior to your arrival and can be found Here: https://forms.gle/2yGhj8coPk77WLce8

Video Submissions:

Anyone who would like to audition but can’t make it during the regular audition times may contact Jenna at jenna.jensen627@gmail.com to arrange a time to meet or send a video audition. Video submissions should contain a reading of at least one of the selected pieces provided. If you have any special skills you would like to showcase, please include them in your video submission. You should also submit an audition form, which can be found on our website, with your video. Video submissions must be received no later than December 12th.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Full Company rehearsals will begin Monday, January 10, 2022.

Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between Monday, January 10, 2022 and Sunday, March 6, 2022. Availability for dress/technical rehearsals February 21-24, 2022 and all performances is mandatory. Rehearsals will typically be held Monday-Friday evenings from 6-9pm with an occasional Sunday afternoon (if needed).

Seeking women for the following roles:

Truvy Jones……………………………………………………………………………… 40ish – Owner of the beauty shop.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto…………………………………………………………………………. 19 – Beauty shop assistant.

Clairee Belcher………………………………………………………. 66ish – Widow of former mayor – Grande dame.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie……………………………………………………………………… 25 – Prettiest girl in town.

M’Lynn Eatenton……………………………………. 50ish – Shelby’s mother – Socially prominent career woman.

Ouiser…………………………………………………………….. 66ish – Wealthy curmudgeon – Acerbic but loveable.

Audition Sides

A note on safety:

We are continuing to monitor safety guidelines and follow the latest recommendations as it relates to mask wearing and social distancing. As such, all vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask per the CDC guidelines. We appreciate anyone who is not vaccinated to continue to wear a mask at this time.