Wheaton Drama holding auditions for ‘Steel Magnolias’ Jan. 26-27

The compelling dramatic comedy, running March 21—April 13, requires six actresses capable of vivid, once-in-a-lifetime performances. 

WHEATON, IL. — Wheaton Drama announces auditions for Robert Harling’s popular and beloved play, Steel Magnolias. Innovative, experienced director Lisa Dawn Foertsch seeks honest, comedic performers for this beautiful show with once-in-a-lifetime roles for women. Auditions will be held at Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton.

Auditions are Sunday and Monday, Jan. 26 and 27, beginning at 7 p.m. If necessary, callbacks will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, with actors called at 7 p.m. sharp. First read-thru will be Wednesday, Jan29. 

All roles are available. Due to the show’s popularity, all appointments will be made via [email protected].

Please email with your preferred audition date: Jan. 26 or 27; a recent photo and resume are helpful. (Note: Times will be scheduled for you, as actors will be grouped by type/age range. Please indicate whether you need a specific time/date; we will try to accommodate your request).

You will receive a response email including your audition time and sides of the roles to prepare for, as well as a copy of the Audition Form. The earlier appointments are made, the sooner you can receive your time slot and sides. Appointment request deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Walk-ins are welcome but will be seen only if time permits.

Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from March 21 through April 13, 2014.

Wheaton Drama encourages you to audition for this intimate, ensemble cast in an extremely powerful show that will be sure to move audiences.

“I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

— Shelby from Steel Magnolias


TRUVY (40-ish) Owner of the beauty shop. Passionate, sassy, charmingly sensitive.

ANNELLE (late teens-early 30s) Truvy’s recent hire at the beauty shop. Mysteriously vulnerable, quirky; a young woman coming into herself.

SHELBY (mid- to late 20s) Beautifully fragile, yet strong-willed and full of life.

M’LYNN (late 40s-50s) Shelby’s mother. Protective, sensible, strong.

CLAIREE (60s+) Widow of the former mayor. Playful, sporty, witty.

OUISER “Weezer” (60s+) Endearingly grumpy, sharp-tongued, confrontational yet loveable.

Note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and, above all, real. They are in no way, shape, or form meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.

Note: This play requires Southern dialects, specifically Louisiana. We would like to hear this at auditions. Sample dialect tools will be made available upon request.

Steel Magnolias audition form