The Friendly City Players (formerly The Valley Playhouse) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing quality community theater experiences for Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas.

Auditions for “Tiny Beautiful Things” are Monday (upper level of PVMC) June 26, and Tuesday (lower level of PVMC) June 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg

Callbacks will be Wednesday, June 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Park View Mennonite Church (lower level) in Harrisonburg

Show Dates: August 10-13 and 17-20, 2023 at Court Square Theater


Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”), intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. Eventually, when Shelby dies from complications related to her diabetes, M’Lynn has to deal with the most difficult of life’s challenges: the loss of one’s only child. As the women of Chinquapin makes their ways over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. “You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”

Court Square Theater, ACT ONE,
and Director Steve Winegard
will be auditioning
Actors 60 and Up

“Steel Magnolias”
by Robert Harling

August 21st -22rd
6:00 – 8:00pm
at Court Square Theater


Please prepare a one minute monologue (from any play) or a monologue from the Audition Materials link below (scroll past the character descriptions for several fun monologues to choose from!). A headshot and acting resume are also appreciated, but not required.



Owner of the beauty shop

Beauty shop assistant

Widow of former mayor. Grand dame.

Prettiest girl in town.

Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman.

Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable.

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