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Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling


By appointment only.  To schedule an audition appointment, please send a preferred date (March 21st or March 22nd), resume and headshot to  We will contact you with your assigned time on your preferred date.

When:                                 Audition 1:  Saturday, March 21st, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
                                            Audition 2:  Sunday, March 22nd, 1:30pm to 3:30pm. 
                                                Callbacks:   to be determined

Where:                                Valley Center Stage
                                                119 W North Bend Way
                                                North Bend, WA 98045
What to Prepare:                Auditions will be reading from the script.

Rehearsals Begin:            Beginning of April 2015
Show Runs:                         Thursday - Saturday May 28th - June 13

Synopsis: Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Written by Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister's death. The title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel". 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

Dramatis Personæ

Clairee Belcher – looks to be in her 50’s, 60’s or older, millionaire, social leader
Ouiser Boudreaux – looks to be in her 50’s or older, Eatentons’ neighbor
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto – Looks to be in her 20’s or 30’s, Truvy’s new employee at the beauty shop
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie – looks to be in her 20’s or early 30’s, M’Lynn’s daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes
M’Lynn Eatenton – looks to be in her 40’s or 50’s, Shelby’s mother
Truvy Jones – looks to be in her 40’s or 50’s, owner of the beauty shop

About Us

Valley Center Stage is a community theatre in its 10th season with over 75 shows since 2003 with annual productions of A Christmas Carol in story theatre style, and recent shows including The Wind in the Willows (also in story theatre style), The Foreigner, Moon Over Buffalo, Dracula, The Curious Savage, and many others over the years, children theatre shows like Jack and the Beanstalk and The Emperor's New Clothes, interactive murder mysteries, old time radio shows, and special events.