Hands on a Hardbody Auditions

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Hands on a Hardbody

Book by Doug Wright
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Director: Shane Brooks
Choreographer: Domanick Anton Hubbard
Music Director: Jamie Deel
Stage Manager: Taylor Ray Donaldson


Hands on a Hardbody Auditions:

Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3 from 6-9pm at the Granbury Opera House (133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas 76048 – please enter through the artist entrance at the back of the building)

Callbacks (if needed – by invitation): Wednesday, April 4 from 6pm-9pm at the Granbury Opera House

Audition Requirements:

  • Please come prepared with a headshot and resume.
  • You must note ALL conflicts for rehearsals and performances on the evening of your auditions.
  • Auditions will include a cold reading from the script.
  • Prepare a clearly marked 16 to 32 bar cut from a song in the style of the show. Accompaniment will be provided so please provide the sheet music.

Production Description

For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler.

Schedule Your Audition

Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 9.

  • Typically, rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 7-10pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on May 7-10 will be Monday-Thursday from 6-10pm.
  • There may be a Que to Que rehearsal on Sunday, May 5 or 6.
  • The production runs from May 11 through June 3 with shows on Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
  • GTC is a non-equity theatre company.
  • Actor stipends are available for some roles.
  • Housing is available upon request.

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If unable to attend the general audition dates, video submissions will be accepted through April 3 at auditions@granburytheatrecompany.org.


JD DREW: Male, 60 (Range: Baritone, G2-D4) – A “good old boy” with pomaded gray hair and a highwattage grin.

KELLI MANGRUM: Female, 22 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-E5)– A pretty brunette with steel ambition.

BENNY PERKINS: Male, Mid 40’s (Range: Tenor, C#3-G#4) -Lanky frame, weatherbeaten face, ingratiating grin and lots of homespun philosophy.

GREG WILHOTE: Male, Early 20’s (Range: Tenor, D3-B4) – A freckled white kid in a baseball cap.

JESUS PENA: Male, 20’s (Range: Tenor, E3-B4) -A driven Mexican kid.

CHRIS ALVARO: Male, 20’s (Range: Tenor, Ab2-Ab4) – Well-built under his hoodie, a pair of aviator glasses conceal his eyes.

RONALD MCCOWAN: Male, 35 (Range: Tenor, F3-B4) -A goodnatured African-American with a slight Louisiana accent.

HEATHER STOVALL: Female, 29 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-D#5) – A flirtatious blonde restaurant hostess.

VIRGINIA DREW: Female, Mid 50’s (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, G3-C5) – A one-time beauty settling into middle-age.

MIKE FERRIS: Male, Late 30’s (Range: Tenor, Eb3-Bb4) – Boyishly handsome, wears a cheap tie with a Nascar clip.

CINDY BARNES: Female, 34-50 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) – Former Miss Gregg County, still fond of pageant hair and pastels.

NORMA VALVERDE: Female, 35-45 (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-G5)) -A stout Latina woman in tennis shoes and a floral applique t-shirt..

JANIS CURTIS: Female, Mid 60’s (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-Bb4) – A tough old bird with sun-burnished skin and missing teeth.

DON CURTIS: Male, Mid 60’s (Range: Baritone, A2-Bb3)) -Wears a cardboard sign on his head that proclaims “I LOVE YOU JANIS, GO BABY GO!”.

FRANK NUGENT: Male, Mid 50’s (Range: Bari-Tenor, Eb3-Gb4) – Disc Jockey, a diehard good ole boy dressed in a Stetson.

DOCTOR STOKES: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) – A professor from LeTourneau University.