Steel Magnolias
by Vexler Theatre

Dec. 03 (2017)

Steel Magnolias is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes, and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small US Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. By turns hilarious and poignant, Steel Magnolias is a heart-warming portrait of friendship and love.

Announcing Auditions for Steel Magnolias

Directed by Mark McCarver

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 4 pm* 2017
Auditions will begin at 4 pm, by appointment only.


Show Dates: May 12 - June 10, 2018 (No shows May 19 or 20)

Performance Times: Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tentative evening performance on Sunday.
​Call times are 1 hour before curtain.


  • All roles are open and will be cast as volunteer positions.
  • Prepare a contemporary monologue, comedic or dramatic, not to exceed one minute. No accents for auditions, please.
  • Please review the rehearsal and performance schedule prior to auditions.
  • Email The Vex to request an audition appointment and for further instruction.

Auditions will be held at the Sheldon Vexler Theatre, located at 12500 N.W. Military Hwy. (at Wurzbach Parkway), 78231. Enter through the Main Level of the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, and follow posted signs to the audition.


  • Regular rehearsals will begin in April. A few meetings and read-throughs will be scheduled before that time.
  • A typical Vex rehearsal schedule is Monday through Thursday, 7pm-10pm. Friday and weekend rehearsals are scheduled as needed throughout the rehearsal period.
  • The final two weeks and weekends of rehearsals include technical and dress rehearsals with the full company called.


Note from the Director: Actors are encouraged to keep in mind intimate space and honest CHARACTERS, not caricatures. The jabs and jokes in the script will take care of themselves, so there's no need to push toward punch lines. Make the audience WANT to know more about why these women have made the choices they have made, and WANT to know what drives them outside of what's in the script. In a word, intrigue!

  • Truvy
female, 30-50. The small town beauty shop owner. Seeking an actor with charisma and attentiveness. Does not have to be Dolly Parton! 
  • Annelle
 Dupup‐Desoto – female, 20-40. 
The newly hired assistant at the beauty shop. Must be able to handle a sharp character arc with nuance.
  • Clairee
 Belcher – female, 45-75. The widow of the former mayor. Looking for a calm energy that has come from a well-lived life.
  • Shelby
 female, 20-35. Beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate. Must show a wide emotional range.
  • M'Lynn 
Eatenton – female, 40-60. Shelby's mother. Should have a fine-tuned sense of intimacy and emotion.
  • Ouiser (pronounced
 Weezer) Boudreaux – female, 50-70. Wealthy, tough, and eccentric. Looking for an ebb and flow to her curmudgeonly behavior.

*Actual actor ages may be flexible to allow for optimum matching and chemistry between actors.  



Interested in being a part of one of our productions but not on stage? We have varying opportunities to work backstage, front of house, and more. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities, or join the production team for one of this season's shows!

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