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Gulfport Little Theatre announces auditions for its production of Steel Magnolias, a comedy/drama by Robert Harling.  The celebrated Southern classic of family and friendship, this is the story of a group of strong and beautiful women who cluster around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small Louisiana parish. The story centers on Shelby, who moves from wedding to childbirth to medical complications with a love of life and a willingness to face its possibilities bravely. Popularly adapted for the silver screen with an all-star cast, this is the play that started it all.

Character Breakdown:

Truvy Jones – to play 40 to 45 – Owns the beauty shop.  Vivacious. Dispenses advice with lots of hairspray.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto – to play 18 to 22 – Newly hired assistant.  Moves from unsure to wild and religious.

Clairee Belcher – to play mid 60s – Widow of former mayor.  Grand Dame. Elegant, sophisticated, a true beauty.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie – to play mid 20s – Prettiest girl in town.  Loves pink.  Strong willed and passionate.

M’Lynn Eatenton – to play late 40s to mid 50s – Shelby’s mother.  Always knows what is best.  Strong, stubborn.   The heart of the play.

Ouiser (pronounced Weezer) Boudreaux – to play mid 60s – Wealthy curmudgeon.  Tough and eccentric.

Character note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and, above all, real characters.  They are in no way, shape, or form meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.  Do not role type against the movie.

The show will be directed by Cal Walters. Auditions are Saturday, March 10, at 1:00pm and Sunday, March 11, at 4:00pm at the theatre located at 2600 13th Avenue in Gulfport behind Chris’ Beauty College on Pass Road.  The show will run May 11 – 20, 2018.

This is an open audition with roles for 6 females ages 18 through 66 (or can play that age range).  Auditionees should come prepared to read from the script.  More information is available at or you can contact the director at