Hands on a Hardbody
Book by Doug Wright
Music and Lyrics by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Auditions - Sunday, June 5th & Tuesday, June 7th - 7:00 to 9:30
Show Run - September 8th - 24th
Hands on a Hardbody is a Tony Award winning Broadway musical that debuted at the Atkinson Theatre in March of 2013. It is based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Ten contestants will compete for several days in the brutal Texas heat, hoping to win this Nissan Hardbody pickup truck. All ten believe they need to win. All ten place a hand on the truck, the last one standing drives it home. NOTE: The truck in the photo is our actual stage prop!
The music runs the gamut of American popular music from the late 20th century: country, pop, gospel, R&B, and rock-n-roll. A video highlighting several moments from the original cast recording session can be found below. It gives a good sense of the overall vibe of the show.
Hands on a Hardbody is written to inspire and require diversity in casting. Except where specifically indicated, casting will be open to all ethnicities.
This is a very energetic and highly physical show. While not requiring advanced dance skills/experience, all cast members will be expected to have the ability to move rhythmically and contribute in various ways to the percussion elements of the staging (a la Stomp).
Please carefully review the information below and feel free to reach out to director, Michelle Moore with any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Alvaro - 20s-30s, well-built, recent war veteran, keeps to himself - Tenor
Janis Curtis - late-50s, a tough old bird, a fighter, straight forward - Alto
J.D. Drew - early-60s, a salt of the earth Texas male, has a bum leg - Baritone
Kelli Mangram - early-20s, cute, feisty, ambitious - Mezzo-soprano
Ronald McCowan - mid-30s, originally from Louisiana, a ladies' man - Tenor
Jesus Peña - 20s to-early-30s, Mexican-American, student - Tenor
Benny Perkins - mid-40s, wheeler/dealer, aggressively prepared to win - Tenor
Heather Stovall - 30s, white, pretty, waitress, had a rough life - Mezzo-soprano
Norma Valverde - 30s-40s, booming gospel voice, Latina/Black (preferred) - Mezzo-soprano
Greg Wilhote - early-20s, polite young man with a dream - Tenor
Virginian Drew - 50s-60s, J.D.'s wife, worried for her husband - Mezzo-soprano
Don Curtis - late-50s, Janice's biggest fan, the comic relief, plays banjo - Baritone
Mike Ferris - 30s-50s, the sales manager, used-car salesman type - Tenor
Cindy Barnes - 30s-40s, office manager, former pageant girl, Texas hair - Mezzo-soprano
Frank Nugent - Over 30, good-old-boy Texas MC and DJ - Tenor
Dr. Stokes Over 40 - Any (small speaking role for chorus member)
Chorus - 5 to 10 STRONG singers - performing as spectators, lot employees, reporters, etc. Chorus members will also serve as stage hands and pre-show/intermission entertainment.
Human Drama Kind of Thing - Company
If I Had This Truck - Kelli, Janis, Greg, Benny, Heather, Norma, JD, Don, Chris, Jesus, & Ronald
If She Don't Sleep - Janis, Frank, & Don
My Problem Right There - Ronald, Kelli, Heather, Norma, & Benny
Alone With Me - JD & Virginia
Burn That Bridge - Mike, Heather, & Company
I'm Gone - Kelli and Greg
Joy of the Lord - Norma & Company
Stronger - Chris & Company
Hunt with the Big Dogs - Kelli, Janis, Benny, Greg, Jesus, Heather, Norma, JD, & Don
Hands on a Hardbody - Mike, Frank, & Company
Born in Laredo - Jesus & Company
Alone With Me (Reprise) - JD
It's a Fix - Janis & Don
Used to Be - Kelli, Benny, Greg, Jesus, Heather, Norma, & JD
It's a Fix (Reprise) - Heather
God Answered My Prayers - Benny & Company
Joy of the Lord (Reprise) - Chris, Ronald, Norma, & Company
Keep Your Hands on It - JD & Company
June 12 to June 25 - Independent Study - Learn lines & songs. Come OFF book to rehearsals!
June 26 to July 16 - Vocals only by appointment - 1 to 2 times per week (flexible)
July 17th to August 13th - Choreo and Staging - 2-3 times per week, Tues-Thurs
August 14th to Open - Sunday to Thursday - 3-4 times per week
Saturday August 27th - Mandatory Tech Day - 10:00a-6:00p - ALL performers required