The action is set solely 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, wisecracking 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 40 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 ol’ 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.
Steel Magnolias is a unique classic, not so much a dramedy, but a beloved comedy with heart. The stage production is an all-women show—sorry, fellas—and Stage Crafters wants to see every single one of y’all ladies at auditions, ya hear?
Auditions will be held June 8 and 9 at the Stage Crafters Rehearsal Hall, located at 40 Robinwood Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Check in at 6:30 p.m. and pick up a copy of the script. Auditions begin at 7.
Steel Magnolias, directed by Melissa Wolf-Bates, will be performed at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium Aug. 4-6 and 11-13.