Upcoming Auditions - 2020-21 Season

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Hands on a Hardbody

June 7th & 8th at 7:00 pm

Auditions will be OPEN CASTING. All roles available!

Show opens on 9/10 and closes on 9/26. Thursday - Saturday performances with a matinee on 9/20.


For ten Texans who are down on their luck, the chance at a new life is only fifty-some hours and a hardbody truck away. Based on the real-life “Hands on a Hard Body Contest,” chronicled in the 1997 documentary Hands on a Hardbody, this all-American musical tells the story of a small-town Texas endurance contest, where the contestant who keeps their hands on a truck the longest, gets to keep the truck. With tuneful country-rock melodies and soulful lyrics by Phish’s Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio, Hands on a Hardbody explores a diverse cross-section of a small-town Texas community and the trials they’ll endure for a chance to win a Nissan hardbody truck. From Jesus-loving Norma Valverde and injured and out-of-work J.D. to boastful former winner Benny and hopeful dreamer Kelli, each character has their own vision for the realization of their American Dream -- and they’ll keep their hands on it as long as they can.




Mud Creek Barn Playhouse

9740 E. 86th Street

Indianapolis, IN  46256


Director:  Collin Moore

Musical Director:  Linda Parr

Assistant Director:  Dani Lopez


Audition Dates:​Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

​​Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks (if needed): June 10th 


Production Dates:​ September 2020

Audition instructions coming soon!

CHARACTERS: All actors must be energetic and willing to dance!

Note: Some of the characters have been specified as a particular race or type by the authors/lyrics. Wherever possible, however, we will strive to welcome diverse casting options.


J.D. Drew - 60 ish, "cowboy" Texan - Baritone

Kelli Mangrum - early 20's, pretty, ambitious - Mezzo-Soprano

Benny Perkins - mid 40's know-it-all with attitude - Tenor

Greg Wilhote - early 20's, good kid with manners - Tenor

Chris Alvaro - late 20's rock hard recent war vet - Tenor

Ronald McCowan - mid 30's, good-hearted ladies' man - Tenor 

Heather Stovall - 30 ish, sexy diner waitress - Mezzo-Soprano

Jesus Pena - mid 20's, Mexican-American, bright - Tenor

Janis Curtis - late -50's, tough and resourceful - Alto

Norma Valverde - 40's, jovial, gospel singer - Mezzo-Soprano


Mike Ferris - 40 ish, handsome but slimy sales manager - Tenor

Virginia Drew - mid 50's - JD's doting wife - Mezzo-Soprano

Cindy Barnes - late 30's, aging beauty queen w/Texas hair - Mezzo-Soprano

Frank Nugent - old school countyr music DJ in a Stetson - Tenor

Don Curtis - Janis' husband and enthusiastic cheerleader - Baritone

Dr. Stokes - Usually played by Don Curtis actor in disguise - Spoken only


Questions?  Contact us at: info@mudcreekplayers.org

(317) 290-5343

9740 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, USA

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