Steel Magnolias Audition Notice

SOAR Regional Arts is producing the full length, comedy play for six women Steel Magnolias, directed by Shelli Place.

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.

A first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. "Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." —NY Daily News. "…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one." —Drama-Logue. "…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy." —NY Post.


All auditions and rehearsals will take place in Maple Grove.  Performances will take place inside the Saint Michael Cinema, Saint Michael, MN.  


March 23rd, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm

March 24th, 2018 10:00am-2:00pm


March 27th, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm

Audition Location

13728 83rd Way N

Maple Grove, MN 55369

(next to DQ and Frankies Pizza)

Production Timeline:

Rehearsals: April 2-May 4th (evening rehearsals in Maple Grove)

Tech Week: May 7th-May 10th

Performances: May 11th-13th

Please visit to schedule your audition today. 


See you there!


Contact information

SOAR Regional Arts
Terrell Beaudry
Web site

Posted March 13