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Auditions set for ‘Steel Magnolias’

Auditions for the Minnesota Folklore Theater’s summer season production of “Steel Magnolias” are set to take place Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m.

All auditions will be held at Minnesota Folklore Theater, 100 Highland Ave. NW in Walker, Minn.

Out of town actors can mail a head shot and resume to: MNFL Theater, Box 1052, Walker MN 56484; a phone interview and audition can be arranged once they have been received. Housing will be provided

The production runs from June 22 to July 3. Rehearsals start the last week in April.

MNFT is looking for “strong, passionate actors,” and all ages and ethnicities encouraged to audition.

A few tips from the theater: When thinking about auditioning, please do not type yourself out and do not role type against the movie.

Characters include Truvy, a 40-year-old owner of a small town beauty shop; Annelle, a very shy 20-year-old hair-dresser; Clairee, the 60-year-old wealthy widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin; Shelby, a diabetic young lady, roughly 25 years old, somewhat rebellious; M’Lynn, Shelby’s 50-year-old mother, who is over-protective at times and finds the need to have a firm grasp on the world at all times; Ouiser (pronounced Weezer), who is the same age as Clairee, wealthy and lovably miserable.

Though ‘Steel Magnolias’ was originally set in the South, the location for this production will be moved to the Minnesota Northwoods.

Minnesota Folklore Theater is celebrating its eighth summer season. All ages are welcome, and all are welcome to get involved. Call 218-547-4044 for more information.