Open auditions for Steel Magnolias, American Buffalo Sept. 1 & 2

The Northeast State Department of Theater announces open auditions next week for two fall productions of the American classics Steel Magnolias and American Buffalo.

Actors are invited to open auditions for both plays scheduled Sept. 1 and 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and community members ages 18 and up.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theater. All actors should be familiar with both stories and are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue to be read at the audition. Call backs for both plays will be made on Sept. 3 between 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Performers need to attend only one night of auditions.

Concerned with a group of Southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, Steel Magnolias bounces between hilarious and touching – and in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. The play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Northeast State Theatre begins a new season with Steel Magnolias and American Buffalo.

Performers are requested to prepare a one-minute monologue (either dramatic or comedic) and be prepared to share their best Georgia/Mississippi accent. The production seeks to cast six female roles. Sides from the play will also be provided. Magnolias production dates are Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the WCRPA Theater.

The volatile drama of American Buffalo centers around a Chicago junk shop where three small time criminals plot the robbery of a coin collection including a prized “buffalo nickel.” While the thieves fancy themselves high-end crooks, the reality of their endeavor propels them to a fate they never see coming. The play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play’s production dates are Nov. 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium (A202) of Northeast State at Blountville.

For more information, visit or contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

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