THE MILTON PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP AUDITION NOTICE
Written by: Robert Harling
Directed by: David J. BusuttilAuditions: Sunday October 2, 2022, 2pm-5pm and Monday October 3, 2022, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Callbacks if needed TBD
Where: FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main St E, Milton, L9T 6H7
Tim Hortons Room Sunday, Robert Bateman Room Monday
Monologue not required, cold read from the script. There is no need to book an audition time as the director will be pairing actors in various roles to play off of each other (group readings).
Please show up at the beginning of auditions Sunday OR Monday and be prepared to stay till the end.
TRUVY JONES – 40ish, Owner of the beauty shop. Warm and personable, funny and affectionate.
ANNELLE DUPUY-DESOTO – 19, beauty shop assistant. Naive, but constantly growing. A bit of a “try-hard”.
CLAIREE BELCHER – 66ish, Widow of former mayor, Grande dame. A Regal woman with wit to spare.
SHELBY EATENTON-LATCHERIE – 25, Prettiest girl in town. A stubborn optimist, emphasis on both.
M’LYNN EATENTON – 50ish, Shelby’s mother. A proper lady masking a mother bear, trying to hide how anxious she always is.
OUISER (Pronounced “WEEZER”) BOUDREAUX – 66ish, Wealthy curmudgeon. Gruff but loveable.
Author’s note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures
Ages of the characters will be determined based on availability of actors
Show Synopsis: 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.
Rehearsals: Tuesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm; Thursday 7:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, at St. Paul’s United Church, 123 Main St. East, Milton.
Show dates: February 3,4,5,9,10,11 2023 at The First Ontario Arts Centre Milton
ALL show dates and production week rehearsals are mandatory