Local actors perform as southern ladies in Truvy's Beauty Salon where all the ladies who are 'anyone' in Chinquapin, Louisiana, get their hair done. (Stage III Community Theatre)

CASPER, Wyo. — As Stage III Community Theatre opens its 2023–24 season with “Steel Magnolias” tonight, the theatre is also preparing for its next production with auditions for “The Odd Couple” Sept. 2–3.

A comedy–drama set in northwestern Louisiana, “Steel Magnolias” tells a poignant story through the powerful portrait of strong female friendships. The play — concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor — is alternately hilarious and touching.

Stage III Community Theatre is located at 900 N. Center St. in downtown Casper. The lobby for each evening play Sept. 1–2, 8–9 and 15–16 opens at 6:30, while seating is at 7 and the show starts at 7:30. Matinees Sept. 10 and 17 are 2–4 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance online or buy them at the door. All tickets are general seating. 

People are invited to arrive early on Friday, Sept. 1 to enjoy southern cooking from J & D’s Cajun Kitchen served outside on the theater-side street from 5 to 7 p.m.

Audition for next play this weekend

Auditions for “The Odd Couple” are Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. 

Neil Simon’s classic comedy is about two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writer — who strain their friendship by becoming roommates and unconsciously repeating the same mistakes they made in the marriages they just left. 

Mary McPherson will direct “The Odd Couple” for Stage III. Male acting parts, including main characters Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, total five. There are two female parts. 

Performances are Oct. 13–14,  Oct. 20–21 and Oct. 27–28 at 7:30 p.m., and there is a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. To buy full- and half-season tickets in advance, go here.

The four other plays scheduled at Stage III Community Theatre for the 2023–24 season are:

  • “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” Dec. 1–17
  • “Grace & Glorie,” Jan. 19–Feb. 4
  • “The Glass Menagerie,” March 8–24
  • “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a musical for the whole family, May 3–19

See more information about “The Odd Couple” auditions below:

Volunteer opportunities abound

Stage III Community Theatre has many volunteer options for non-actors and is always seeking new people to help with the many facets of its productions, according to its website.

Anyone interested in backstage work might contribute by designing lights, sets, costumes or sound. Help is also needed with box office and concessions. Contact Stage III at info@stageiiitheatre.org or call 307-234-0946.