Ayr Community Theatre (ACT) "Steel Magnolias" Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning! 

Audition requests need to be submitted by midnight Monday, March 7, 2022. 

Audition Requirements & Information

Ayr Community Theatre (ACT) Steel Magnolias Auditions
Written by Robert Harling


Director - Michele Di Tomasso

Assistant Director - Vicci Taylor

Performance Dates
May 26 @ 8:00 p.m.

May 27 @ 8:00 p.m.

May 28 @ 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

May 29 @ 2:00 p.m.

About the Play
Steel Magnolias is set in a small Louisiana town in the 80’s. The southern dramedy takes place in Truvy’s beauty salon where the southern belles gather for gossip, friendship and support. Robert Harling’s hilarious and touching script is based on the real life experience of his sister and her difficult decision to have a child while living with diabetes. The play features six strong and endearing female characters who will have you in stitches and tears.

We are looking for performers who can SPEAK WITH A SOUTHERN ACCENT and convincingly play the age range of the character.

Truvy (to play 40s-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 (to play 18-25) - Truvy’s assistant. Naïve, sweet, confused and strong enough to keep going no matter what life throws at her. Annelle goes from timid to wild to wildly religious over the course of the play.

Clairee (to play 55-70) - Grand dame and widow of the former mayor. Elegant, self-assured, sophisticated. Wicked sense of humor. Ouiser’s best friend.

Shelby (to play 20-25) - The prettiest girl in town. Passionate, strong-willed, determined to grab hold of all of life’s experiences.

M’Lynn (to play 40s-50s) - Shelby’s mother. Certain she knows what’s best, strong, stubborn, loves fully and fiercely.

Ouiser (to play 55-70) - Tough, wealthy, cranky, eccentric. Does just as she pleases and doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks about it. Clairee’s best friend.


DJ (any age) - Deep southern male radio voice which will be recorded in advance and played during performances.

Auditions and Call Backs
Audition appointments will be scheduled online:


  • Friday, March 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You will read the scene(s) provided for your character with a member of the production team.

Call back appointments online (if required):

  • Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 


You will read the scene(s) provided for your call back character with other actors.



  • Annelle - Pgs. 3-5 and 105 (click here for scene(s))

  • Clairee - Pgs. 9-10 and 108-110 (click here for scene(s))

  • M’Lynn - Pgs. 21-22 and 48-50 (click here for scene(s))

  • Ouiser - Pgs. 37-39 and 108-110 (click here for scene(s))

  • Shelby - Pgs. 21-22 and 48-50 (click here for scene(s))

  • Truvy - Pgs. 3-5 and 9-10 (click here for scene(s))

  • DJ - Pgs. 69-70 (click here for scene(s))


  • Familiarize yourself with your character’s scene(s). You do not need to memorize the lines.

  • Set up a quiet and well lit area so that your movements can be seen clearly while you are  performing your scene(s) for us

  • Check your audio capabilities in advance to ensure they are in good working order.

How to schedule your 15 minute audition

1) Complete the Audition Application HERE 
2) Be sure to list ALL conflicts on the Audition Application. With only 6 characters in the show, conflicts will be considered carefully. Additional conflicts after casting may not be accommodated.
3) A member of our production team will email you an invitation to audition. We will do our best to accommodate the date and time you have requested.

The deadline for submitting your Audition Application is Monday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.


  • Please note that all cast and crew must be current members of ACT. Membership dues of $25 can be paid at your first rehearsal.


  • Rehearsals begin on Sunday, March 20, 2022

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Roseville Community Centre, 3195 Roseville Rd., Ayr

  • Sundays from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Ayr Community Centre, 7 Church St., Ayr


Cast will be required for Tech Week which will run from Saturday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 25, 2022.


The well-being of our cast, crew and audience is of the upmost importance to us at Ayr Community Theatre (ACT). 

In adherence with COVID-19 mandates in place as of February 14, all those who are auditioning must be fully vaccinated. Cast and crew involved in the production of Steel Magnolias may be asked to show proof of vaccination when entering rehearsal spaces at the Township’s facilities of Roseville Community Centre and Ayr Community Centre.

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