Blackout call for Magnolias

Sep 26 2017 | By More

Casting call for Steel Magnolias

Edinburgh amateur company Blackout Productions is to stage Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias at Edinburgh Academy in February 2018 and has put out an open call for auditions.

The production will be directed by Gabrielle Pavone-Clark and auditions will be held on Thursday October 5 2017 at St Michael’s Church, Slateford, with all six roles up for grabs.

The play premiered in 1987 and was made famous by the 1989 movie, staring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts.

A comedy-drama it tells the story of six woman who meet regularly in a Louisiana beauty salon run by Truvy Jones. Set in the salon over a period of three years it is by turns hilarious, tragic and touching. As the title suggests, it shows that the woman are as delicate as Magnolias but as tough as Steel.

This will be Blackout’s third production after staging the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee in 2013 and Proof in 2015.

According to the call-out: “We are looking for six female leads to bring this story to life. With characters ranging from the young shy beauty salon assistant to a wise cracking southern lady, this play needs a diverse cast of six across all age ranges.”

Anyone wanting to book an audition slot should contact Blackout on

Listings and links

Steel Magnolias Auditions.
St Michael’s Church Hall, 1 Slateford Road, EH11 1NX
Thursday October 5 2017
Contact to book an auditions spot.

Steel Magnolias
Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row, EH3 5BL
Monday 12 – Saturday 17 February 2017.
Dates and times to be confirmed.

Blackout Productions on facebook: @blackoutproductions

The play script and DVD of the 1989 movie are available on Amazon. Click for details:

Cast breakdown

Truvy Jones (female, 40s) Owns the best local beauty salon in Chinquapin, where all the ladies who are anybody come to have their hair done.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (female 19) Truvy’s eager new assistant who has recently arrived from Zwolle, another Louisiana town.

Clairee Belcher (female, 60s) The widow of Chinquapin’s former mayor, who passed away six months before. An eccentric millionaire with a raging sweet tooth.

M’Lynn Eatenton (female, 50s). A prominent career woman, the local social leader.

Shelby Eatenton (female 25) The prettiest girl in Chinquapin Parish. Beloved by all in town, she is about to marry a “good ole boy”.

Ouiser Boudreaux (female 66ish) Lives next door to M’Lynn with whom she shares ownership of a large magnolia tree. The town’s rich curmudgeon.


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