Hands On A Hardbody

August 14-24, 2019

Sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms
Dates & Times

  • August 14, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • August 16, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • August 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • August 18, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • August 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • August 22, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • August 22, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • August 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • August 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Ticket Price

Adults $38

Seniors (60+) $32

Student (13-College) $22

Children (12 & Under) $17

Groups 15+ $25


Wagon Wheel Theatre

The chance at a new life is only fifty-some hours and a hardbody truck away. 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 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 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.

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ALL INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES: No refunds or exchanges. In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund for this ticket may be issued at the option of the management. ALL GROUP SALES: Payment or Cancellation must be made 30 days prior to event date.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:  If you are in need of wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the ticket office at 574-267-8041

Meet the Cast

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Anthony Cataldo

J.D. Drew


Anthony is ecstatic to be in Warsaw for the summer! He is so grateful for this experience to work with this amazing company. Previous credits include. Regional: Charity Man in A Christmas Carol; Bob McCaffery/Ensemble in South Pacific (Triad Stage) Louis/Billy Webster in Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBird Seller/Quintet/Ensemble in Sweeney Todd (North Carolina Summer Rep); Curly McClain in Oklahoma! (The Prizery) Pablo in Sister Act (Cape Fear Theatre Arts LLC.) Educational: Gordon Michael Schwinn in A New BrainKurt Kelly in HeathersGeorge Burger in Hair (UNCG)

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Jessica Minter

Kelli Mangrum


Jessica is so excited to be returning to Wagon Wheel for another season! You may have seen her last summer as Gretchen in Disney’s Freaky Friday. She is attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts for a BFA in Musical Theatre. In 2017, she was the Tommy Award’s representative for her role as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as The Jimmy Awards. Some of her favorite roles she has played are The Witch in Into the Woods and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical. Jessica wants to thank family, friends and her Wagon Wheel family who support her through all her endeavors.

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Nick Case

Benny Perkins


Nick Case is thrilled to be returning to the Wheel after his time here last summer! A Toledo, Ohio native, Nick just earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State, graduating with honors and a minor in Psychology. PSU: Hands on a HardbodyPeter and the StarcatcherAmerican Idiot. New London Barn: West Side Story. Wagon Wheel: Seussical(Wickersham), Saturday Night Fever (Gus), My Fair Lady (Freddy), All Shook Up (Dennis). Many thanks to the Wagon Wheel creative staff, fellow cast and crew, and my family for always believing in me. Philippians 4:13.

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Mark Mitrano

Greg Wilhote


Mark just completed his freshman year as a Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. Previous roles include Merrily We Roll Along (Tyler)-Runyonland Productions, Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(Ensemble)-University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department, The Hunchback of Notre Dame(Quasimodo) and Les Misérables(Jean Valjean)-Greece Athena Performing Arts Center. Mark won Best Vocalist at the 2016 National High School Music Theatre Awards (The Jimmy’s). He would like to thank the faculty at the University of Michigan for an amazing year of growth, the staff of Wagon Wheel Center For The Arts for this exciting opportunity and his family and friends for their love and support.

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Connor Olney

Chris Alvaro


Connor is thrilled to be making his Wagon Wheel debut this summer! Originally from Albany, NY, he is a rising senior BFA Music Theatre major at Florida State University. Previous credits include, 42nd Street (Billy), Guys and Dolls(Rusty Charlie), and Pinkalicious the Musical (Peter). He thanks the cast, crew, production team, and his family for their love and support!

Amari Gamble
Amari Gamble

Ronald McCowan


Amari Gamble is elated to be making his Wagon Wheel debut! He is a rising junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of Amari’s favorite roles include Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, King Creon in The Children of Oedipus, Donkey in Shrek the Musical, and Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries. Amari wants to thank the Wagon Wheel staff and company for being so welcoming, as well as his family for their continuous support.

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Lauren Drewello

Heather Stovall


Lauren is thrilled to be a part of Wagon Wheel’s 2019 summer season! She is a rising senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Montclair State University, located 14 miles west of NYC. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include: The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Carrie (Miss Gardner), and Legally Blonde(Elle Woods).  Thank you to the Wagon Wheel community for this amazing experience and a big thank you to her parents for their endless love and support.

Kira Lace Hawkins

Virginia Drew


Kira Lace Hawkins is so thankful to be back on the Wagon Wheel stage! Favorite credits at the Wheel include The Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), Next to Normal (Diana), Into the Woods (Witch), Hello, Dolly! (Dolly Levi), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) and Legally Blonde (Paulette). Favorite regional credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles) with Theater Latté Da and The Threepenny Opera (Lucy Brown) with Frank Theatre, both in Minneapolis. She studied music and theater at St. Olaf College and holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University. Kira is Director and Lecturer of Theater at Manchester University, and she teaches acting classes and directs with Wagon Wheel JR. Thanks to her MN family, her IN family, Zach, Nila, and Ezra.

Brett Dixon
Brett Parker Dixon

Mike Ferris


Brett is a Graduate of the University of Arizona who is excited to make his Wagon Wheel debut in Hands on a Hardbody! Recent roles include Bill in A Party Worth Crashing Off-Broadway, Kent Gibbons in Investigation Discovery’s The Whole Truth, a Singing Bellhop in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  As well as Roger in Rent and Benny in Hands on a Hardbody at the University of Arizona. Brett would love to thank his family and friends for their love and support!

Jennifer Dow
Jennifer Dow

Cindy Barnes


This year marks Jennifer Dow’s 21st year at the Wagon Wheel as a performer, her 11th year as the wig designer, and her 7th year as a
year-round resident and wearer of many hats including working on the popular Wagon Wheel Junior program. After receiving her BFA in Music
Theatre from Millikin University, Jennifer’s favorite place to work quickly became the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Her most memorable roles
on the WW stage are: Always, Patsy Cline (Louise), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Seussical(Gertrude),
South Pacific (Nellie), A Midsummers Nights Dream(Puck), and Addams Family (Grandma). Other regional credits include: Cats
(Rumpleteaser) at the Marriott Lincolnshire, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Water Tower, Jekyll & Hyde(Emma) at Pheasant Run, and performing as a singer with the Rockettes for 3 seasons in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She wants to send much love and thanks to
the Warsaw community for welcoming her and her husband, Scott.

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Henry Julian Gendron

Jesus Pena


Henry Julian Gendron is a senior BM Musical Theatre Major at The Florida State University from Miami, Florida. Henry is thrilled to spend his first summer at Wagon Wheel! He was last seen in Hairspray as Fender and previous credits include A Chorus Line(Mike), James and the Giant Peach (Ladhalord), and Mamma Mia! (Eddie). He would like to thank his incredible instructors, and his loving and caring family and friends from the bottom of his heart! 

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Leanne Antonio

Norma Valverde


Leanne is so excited to be joining the Wagon Wheel family for another amazing summer show! Credits include Newsies (Medda), Footloose (Rusty), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Puffer), Crucible (Tituba), Into the Woods (Stepmother). She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and would like to give a shout out to all of her fellow Wolverines! GO BLUE!

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Kathy Hawkins

Janis Curtis


Kathy is thrilled to be back on the Wagon Wheel stage this  summer! Kathy is a retired schoolteacher who lives on a 99 acre farm in North Manchester with her husband, Jeff.  Favorite past Wagon Wheel roles include Jeanette Burmeister in The Full Monty and Jack’s Mother in Into The Woods. Special thanks to Scott, Jen, and the Wagon Wheel Team for giving her this opportunity!

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Michael Pacholski

Frank Nugent


Michael is thrilled to be returning for his 3rd summer season at the Wheel.  Originally from Sterling Heights, MI, he has earned a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University.  Previous credits include Elf the Musical (Manager/Ensemble), Bridges of Madison County (Charlie), Saturday Night Fever(Monty), Seussical (Mr. Mayor), Young Frankenstein (Ziggy), Newsies (Weasel) at Wagon Wheel; Assassins (Leon Czolgosz) at the Flint Rep; and Forever Plaid (Smudge) at the New River Valley Regional Theatre.  He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.

Mike Yocum
Mike Yocum

Don Curtis/Dr. Stokes


Mike is thrilled to return to the Wagon Wheel stage where he first appeared in 1983.  He has played old men, old women and every other random character you can imagine.  Some of his favorite roles include the Major General and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, the coach in Damn Yankees, FDR in Annie and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray mostly because his good friend Bob Miller played Edna.  Mike, his wife and daughter live in Winona Lake where he is the Professor of Communications and the director of the theatre program at Grace College.  Mike looks forward to working with Scott, Alyssa and the rest of the great Wagon Wheel cast and crew for another season!