Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Robert Harling

Rebecca Warnett

8 - 15 October 2016


Sat 7:45pm, Mon 7:45pm, Tue 7:45pm, Wed 7:45pm, Thu 7:45pm, Fri 7:45pm, Sat 2:45pm, Sat 7:45pm theatre

“I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special”


Six women share laughter through tears, strength through adversity and tolerance through friendship…whilst changing hairstyles, swapping recipes and dealing with heartache.

Steel Magnolias is based on the author’s real life experience of the sacrifices of his sister and mother

Set in the 1980s in a small Louisiana town. The action is set entirely within the confines of Truvy’s beauty salon — a carport converted into a home salon by Truvy’s husband as, according to Truvy, “the last romantic thing he ever did for me.”

The story begins on the morning of Shelby’s wedding to Jackson and covers events over the next three years, including Shelby’s decision to have a child despite having Type 1 diabetes and the complications that result from this decision.

Audition Info
Audition Sat 25 June 2016 11:00am Foyer

Possible re-call during the following week. Contact the director for details.

You will be asked to perform readings from the script and must be prepared to use a southern US accent.

Please bring any holiday or non-availability dates to the Audition. Rehearsals take place over the summer period therefore it’s imperative that any N/A is taken into account for casting and scheduling purposes.

Although much of the play centres on the mother and daughter, the remaining four characters give much to the production. Through the views of these different women we see love, apathy, pain, loss, secrecy, power of hope and a desperate attempt at living a life of happiness.


Truvy Jones [40 – 45] Vivacious Southern Belle with a heart of gold. Owner of the ‘salon.’ She knows everyone’s business and shares it with anyone who will listen: the advice often comes in the form of country sayings.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto [19 – 22] shy, naive, serious, full of apprehensions, goes from a soft-spoken person to a bible-loving Christian with her heart on her sleeve.

Clairee Belcher [60-(ish)] Grand Dame, widow of former mayor, elegant, sophisticated, misses her husband, as they both loved football. She’s very classy, but has a wicked, sly sense of humour, raging sweet tooth and the local social leader.
Best friends with Ouiser.

Shelby Eatenton Latcherie [25] Diabetic, loves pink, independent, adventurous young woman: knows what she wants in life and won’t let anything stop her. (Including her mother) Loved by everyone, passionate.

M’Lynn Eatenton [45 - 50] Shelby’s mother. She's always in control. Always. She's devoted to her family, especially her daughter, worries too much for her age. Strong, stubborn, she seems to go through a major life change in every scene. (Emotionally demanding role).

Ouiser [60-(ish)] (pronounced Weezer) ill-tempered, cantankerous person, an eccentric millionaire: (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”). She is a loveably miserable lady, though. Her unique personality and sense of humour is a great relief in the serious scenes. She is very close to Clairee.


Rehearsals will start w/c 18 JULY with a cast read through. (A full rehearsal schedule will be sent out directly after casting). Rehearsals will be held two-three times a week. Monday, Wednesday *Friday evenings, however it is my intention to swap out some Friday night rehearsals for *Sunday afternoons. August: due to an already planned holiday, there will be a short break from the 3 - 14 August, returning on Monday 15 August.

Sunday 25 September & Sunday 2 October are the ‘tech Sundays’ all cast need to be available.

Note from Director: Rebecca Warnett

First let me say how honoured I was when asked to direct at Lewes and open the season’s programme with such a brilliantly written play. The rehearsal period is shorter than many may be used to so commitment from the outset is crucial. This play gives great opportunity for the female actors of Lewes and I hope to see many of you on Saturday 25 June at 11 am in the theatre foyer.

For those of you who don’t know me, last year I played ‘Doris’ in The Thrill of Love, directed by Miles Jenner, and prior to that I had a number of cameo roles in The Play’s the Thing directed by Cathryn Parker. Although relatively new to Lewes I have been a member of the Archway Theatre, Horley and other local theatre groups spanning 30 years, undertaking various acting roles, directing, stage management, costumes and styling. Recently I was lucky enough to play Beatrice opposite Chris Parke as Benedick for the Players in the Park open-air production of Much Ado About Nothing in Lindfield. I’m passionate about theatre, and hope to bring laughter and tears to this wonderful production (on stage, not off!).

I’ve already got the makings of a dedicated Stage Crew with Sue Tait (Stage Manager), Joanne Cull (Properties / ASM), Trevor Morgan (Lighting) and Cordelia Dobbie (Set designer).


If you have any queries about the production / audition or would like a script please contact me via the website