Steel Magnolias


Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

Please read carefully all the details, in particular rehearsal dates. Please do not audition if you have significant clashes with the rehearsal or performance period.

Director:                       Jo Davies    

Production Dates:        18-26 October (including matinees on 19th & 26th)

Location:                      Main House

Rehearsal Dates:          Rehearsals commencing the 2nd September. Likely to be up to a few          weekdays evenings plus a weekend rehearsal each week.

Audition Dates:            All auditions will be held at The Maddermarket Theatre

Option A:                       Sunday 17th March 2.30pm

Option B:                       Sunday 24th March 2.30pm   

Following the first round, actors may be recalled.

Call back:                      Wednesday 27th March 7pm

If you wish to audition but have a problem making any of the above dates please contact the director Jo Davies

Format of auditions

Auditions will take the form of a group workshop including theatre games, improvisation exercises and individual readings.  Extracts provided in advance, they don’t need to be learnt but please be aware that you may be asked to work on any of them at the audition.

How to sign up

Please download and complete the standard ‘Auditions Submission Form’ here. 

The completed form should be returned as an attachment to Director of Productions at The Maddermarket Theatre, Jez Pike, at Your information will then be processed, stored and distributed in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

If you indicate your preferred audition dates and times, the production’s director – Jo Davies – will then contact you via email to arrange an audition slot.

Please note that all auditionees must complete an ‘Auditions Submission Form’ prior to auditioning, even if have had existing contact with or made informal arrangements with the director of that production.

Obtaining extracts and a reading script

Scans of the audition extracts can be emailed to you. Alternatively hard copies can be picked up from the theatre office (10.30am-6pm, Mon-Fri). In addition a scan of the script may be requested by email, or alternatively a reading copy is available at the theatre office to read on-site.

About the Play

Hilarious and touching, this play is a comedy-drama set in a beauty parlour in the American Deep South in the 1980's in the fictional town of Chinquapin.  Steel Magnolias by American writer Robert Harling is based on his experience with his sister's death. The story centres around the lives of six different women, who come together in the salon to share their secrets, fears and love for one another. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy's salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through. Harling felt it important to include the way the characters utilised humour and light-hearted conversations to cope with the seriousness of the underlying situations.

About the Production

The period and location of the play will stay true to the original therefore actors will be performing with a Southern American accent.  The wonderful humour and the drama imbedded in the language creates detailed human characters.  The understanding and development of character will be a key focus of the production to ensure that the beautiful relationships created by Harling are brought to life.

Casting Breakdown – All Female Roles

TRUVY (40’s)               

Owner of the beauty shop ‘Honey, there’s so much static electricity in here I pick up everything except boys and money’.

ANNELLE (19)              

Beauty salon assistant ‘I’m not sure if I’m married or not…he’s gone!’

CLAIREE (60’s)            

Widow, former first lady of Chinquapin. ‘Well. I really do love football. But it’s hard to parlay that into a reason to live.’

SHELBY (Mid 20’s)      

M’Lynn’s daughter. Wants to break free from her mother ‘The groom’s cake. It’s awful! It’s in the shape of a giant armadillo.’

M’LYNN (50’s)              

Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman. ‘If I don’t have something, we’ll send one of the boys to get you some delicate pink nail polish.’

OUSIER (60’s)              

Wealthy curmudgeon ‘Don’t try to get on my good side.  I no longer have one.’

The production welcomes audition submissions from actors of any background and ethnicity. Interest from BAME actors is actively encouraged