Women line up for ‘Magnolias’

Published 7:56 pm Saturday, August 14, 2010

So many women hoped to audition for “Steel Magnolias” at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts that an extra day had to be added to the audition schedule.

Auditions for the all-female cast now will be held Monday at 7 p.m. for all comers, executive director Paul Lasakow said. A steady stream of women already auditioned on Saturday morning.

“We’ve had a lot of good folks, a good turnout,” Lasakow said, adding that he would like to see more diversity in those auditioning. “We’re really going for a diverse cast.”

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King’s Fork High School English teacher Sylvia Bond was among the hopefuls on Saturday.

“I love drama,” she said. “I love plays that involve real-life situations.”

The play focuses on six women who frequent Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small, fictional Louisiana town, capturing the joys and trials of their lives. It was made into a popular movie in 1989.

“I thought it would be fun,” said Dee Reynolds, explaining why she hoped to get a part. “My age falls with M’Lynn, but I think [Louisa]’s more fun.”

Lori Jessee Carter gave up her high school dreams of acting in favor of a more sustainable career. Now that she’s settled, though, she wants a hobby.

“I did acting in high school,” she said. “I’m in a place now where I can use what my high school theater teacher gave me.”

Carter said she has her eye on a certain character, but would be happy with any part.

“For some reason, Annelle sticks to me,” she said.

Bond, the English teacher, said the audition experience was fun.

“I think it went well,” she said. “Even if I’m not selected for a part, I just enjoyed coming here.”

Monday’s auditions will be held on the third floor of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, 110 W. Finney Ave. For more information, call 923-0003 or visit www.SuffolkCenter.org.