Hands on a Hardbody

Country/rock musical performed on the SYT Mainstage May 19 – Jun. 4, 2023.

Book by Doug Wright
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Music by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green

About This Production

10 contestants. 4 days. 1 truck. Inspired by true events (and a documentary film with the same title), and infused with a “fresh roots-rock vibe,” this is the hilarious, hard-fought contest where only one winner can drive away with the American dream. The lives of each contestant, along with the car dealer and a radio announcer are revealed during the struggle to win a Nissan “Hardbody.”

This popular show was the winner of Spotlight’s “Pick a Season” contest last year.


Ages: 13-19
Auditions: Sat. & Sun. Apr. 1-2 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Tue. Apr. 4 at 5:30 p.m.


  • Register online prior to audition:
    • Be prepared to upload your head shot and résumé. If necessary, you can bring print versions to the audition.
    • Prepare a list of all conflict dates between auditions and show schedule (other than regular school hours, SYT troupe rehearsals and SYT shows).
  • Arrive on either audition date (Apr. 1 or 2) at 6:00 p.m. and check in at the Box Office.
  • Be prepared to sing 32 bars of an appropriate style song (your choice).
  • Video auditions will also be accepted:
    • Register online first, including the upload of head shot and résumé.
    • Email hardbody@sytaz.org with a link to your video, your name and “Hands on a Hardbody Audition” in the subject line. (Note that attaching a video instead of linking to one might cause a delivery problem.)
    • Video auditions are due by Sat. Apr. 1 at 9:00 p.m.

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
DirectorRenee Koher
Music DirectorElise Kurbat
ChoreographerStephen Hohendorf
Stage ManagerMaria Cruz
Scenic DesignTBA
Costume DesignHeather Riddle
Lighting DesignEllie Little
Hair & Makeup DesignRenee Koher
Properties ArtisansKenny Grossman
Vicki Grossman
Sound DesignNeveah Monk
Sound/Lighting MentorJosh Hontz