Wednesday June 16
Friday June 18
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Drop by any time, no appointment necessary!
Callbacks will be held Saturday June 19 at 6:30pm, if necessary.
Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson MI 49201
Follow the yellow signs to the southwest door.
Important Note: Masks
At this time, the rehearsal venue requires that masks be worn at all times unless every person present is vaccinated.
To keep things simple, we are requiring that all persons entering the building for auditions wear masks.
Masking during performances:
At this time, the performance venue requires masks and social distancing of all persons in the building. There is a possibility that this may change in the coming months, but we must be flexible in understanding that the venue may choose to continue masking policies, and follow venue rules at all times.
We will continue to be in touch with our performance and rehearsal venues about changes, and are exploring ways to mask appropriately while still being able to see actors’ faces.
About this play
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; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry. 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 possibly her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the women, 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.
This play contains some adult themes.
Serenity Sanders Gerrild
Serenity is a mother of two, a choreographer of nearly a decade, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Drama and Vocal performance. When not on stage, serenity can usually be found behind the sSerenity is a mother of two, a choreographer of nearly a decade, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Drama and Vocal performance. When not on stage, she can usually be found behind the set covered head to foot in paint, or muttering and scribbling dance steps and configurations furiously. Serenity has previously taught at Pioneer Co-op as a Drama instructor in conjunction with the choral performance class. Her past directing experience includes, a Miscast Cabaret for Spring Arbor University, a One act, and the fall and spring semester shows for Pioneer Co-op. Steel Magnolias will be her first full length directing job. Serenity has wanted to be involved in a Steel Magnolias production for several years. She is beyond excited to embark on this newest venture and is grateful to CSJ for this opportunity.
Friday August 13 at 7pm
Saturday August 14 at 7pm
Sunday August 15 at 3pm
Friday August 20 at 7pm
Saturday August 21 at 7pm
Sunday August 22 at 3pm
Jackson College’s Potter Center – Baughman Theatre
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201
This production calls for…
6 adult females
Ages 20s to 60s+ (flexible, see below)
Female, 40s (age flexible)
Owner of the beauty shop.
Female, 19 years old (age flexible)
Beauty shop assistant
Female, 60s (age flexible)
Widow of former mayor. Grande dame.
Female, 20s (age flexible)
Described as the prettiest girl in town.
Female, 50s (age flexible)
Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman.
Ouiser (pronounced “Weezer”) Boudreaux
Female, 60s (age flexible)
Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic 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 characatures.
What to expect during auditions
Actors should be prepared to present a 30-60 second story or monologue that portrays a range of emotions. Auditions will also include cold reads from the script and improv exercises.
Rough rehearsal schedule
June 23: 6:30pm Read Thru
June 25-July 7: Wednesdays & Fridays, TBD dependent on actors’ schedules.
July 12-August 6: Mon/Wed/Fri 6:30pm-9pm.
August 8-12 : Tech rehearsals (may be longer than usual), all actors called.
Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals, with the exception of tech rehearsals.
Director: Serenity Sanders Gerrild, firstname.lastname@example.org
General Info: Katie Meyers at email@example.com or (517) 539-4118.