Steel Magnolias

A Play

By: Robert Harling


WHEN: Tuesday, October 7 @ 6:00pm

            Wednesday, October 8 @ 5:00pm

WHERE: Evansville Civic Theatre


WHEN: December 2 - 5 & 16 - 18

WHERE: Evansville Civic Theatre


Set in the fictional northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin, the play opens at Truvy's in-home beauty parlor where a group of women regularly gather. They discuss Shelby's upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Jackson. The plot covers events over the next three years relating to Shelby's Type 1 diabetes, and with how the women cope with their conflicts, while remaining friends: Shelby's decision to have a child despite jeopardizing her health, Clairee's friendship with the curmudgeon Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl then repentant revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the group's underlying friendship is prominent throughout the drama.




Truvy: Female, Early 40s - Late 50s
Owner of the beauty shop. She is sassy, witty, warm, and generous. She’s the family breadwinner and takes great pride in her business. At Truvy’s shop, ladies get first-class attention, free advice and homespun wisdom.

Annelle: Female, Late Teen - Mid 20s
Truvy’s assistant. Naïve, sweet, confused and strong enough to keep going no matter what life throws at her. Annelle moves from unsure to wild to wildly religious over the course of the play.

Clairee: Female, Mid 50s - Late 70s
A grand dame and widow of the former mayor. Elegant, self-assured, sophisticated. Wicked sense of humor. Ouiser’s best friend.

Shelby: Female, Early - Mid 20s
The prettiest girl in town. Passionate, strong-willed, determined to grab hold of all of life’s experiences.

M'Lynn: Female, Mid 40s - Late 50s
Shelby’s mother. Certain she knows what’s best, strong, stubborn, loves fully and fiercely.

Ouiser: Female, Mid 50s - Late 70s
Tough, wealthy, cranky, eccentric. Does just as she pleases and doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks about it. Clairee’s best friend.


Acting auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.

Audition forms will be made available, but If possible, please print out the audition form that can be found above.


The schedule will depend on actor availability. Please bring a full list of conflicts, including work schedule and weekend commitments through December 18.

Tech week begins Sunday, November 27.  All actors MUST be available for rehearsals from that date through the show opening date, December 2.

Any and all questions can be directed to

Audition Form