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Hands on a Hardbody

May 20, 2023

11:00 am

Limelight Theatre is holding auditions for the upcoming production of Hands on a Hardbody, written by Doug Wright and composed by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, on Saturday, May 20th starting at 11:00 am. Callbacks are on Monday, May 22th starting at 6:00 pm.

Please prepare 32 bars of a song that shows vocal style, acting ability and range. Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. No karaoke tracks or acapella auditions will be seen.


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.

JD DREW: Male, 40's-60's (Range: Baritone, G2-D4)
A “good old boy” with pomaded gray hair and a highwattage grin.

KELLI MANGRUM: Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-E5)
A pretty brunette with steel ambition.

BENNY PERKINS: Male, 30's-40’s (Range: Tenor, C#3-G#4)
Lanky frame, weatherbeaten face, ingratiating grin and lots of homespun philosophy.

GREG WILHOTE: Male, 18-30
(Range: Tenor, D3-B4)
A freckled white kid in a baseball cap.

JESUS PENA: Male, 18-30
(Range: Tenor, E3-B4)
A driven Mexican kid.

CHRIS ALVARO: Male, 18-30
(Range: Tenor, Ab2-Ab4)
Well-built under his hoodie, a pair of aviator glasses conceal his eyes.

RONALD MCCOWAN: Male, 20's-40's (Range: Tenor, F3-B4)
A good natured African-American with a slight Louisiana accent.

HEATHER STOVALL: Female, 20's-40's (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-D#5)
A flirtatious blonde restaurant hostess.

VIRGINIA DREW: Female, 40's-60's (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, G3-C5)
A one-time beauty settling into middle-age.

MIKE FERRIS: Male, 30's-40's
(Range: Tenor, Eb3-Bb4)
Boyishly handsome, wears a cheap tie with a Nascar clip.

CINDY BARNES: Female, 30's-50's (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Former Miss Gregg County, still fond of pageant hair and pastels.

NORMA VALVERDE: Female, 30's-50's (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-G5)
A stout Latina woman in tennis shoes and a floral applique t-shirt.

JANIS CURTIS: Female, 40's-70
(Range: Low Mezzo, D3-Bb4)
A tough old bird with sun-burnished skin and missing teeth.

DON CURTIS: Male, 40's-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, 40's-50’s (Range: Bari-Tenor, Eb3-Gb4)
Disc Jockey, a diehard good ole boy dressed in a Stetson.

DOCTOR STOKES: Male, 30's-60's (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
A professor from LeTourneau University.

Director: Lee Hamby
Musical Director: Ben Beck

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