Valley Players Auditions: Steel Magnolias

The Valley Players Community Theater Organization will hold auditions for Robert Harling’s classic Steel Magnolias on Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28 at 7 pm at The Packer House, 24 North 3rd Street, Sunbury.  Performance dates will be August 1, 2, 8, and 9, also at The Packer House.

Director Joyce Hendricks says, “Steel Magnolias is such a touching play, one that focuses on the female friendships that get you through both the best and the worst of times, with a lot of love and laughter.” The cast calls for 6 women of varying ages. “I’m so eager to see who will be playing these wonderful ladies. It will take actors who can deliver a good zinger one minute, then break your heart the next.” Steel Magnolias takes place in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana in the late 1980′s, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Clairee; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious dialogue, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby takes a risk. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on their 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.

For more information about auditions, contact Hendricks at artdiva1@ptd.net or 570-898-5450.