STAGE RIGHT Announces Auditions for The Red Velvet Cake War

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, is pleased to announce auditions for their upcoming production of THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The show will be directed by Melody Montez. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Feb. 17 & 18 at 7 pm
The historic Crighton Theatre
234 N. Main St.
Conroe, TX 77301
REHEARSAL will begin once casting is completed with first rehearsal most likely being Feb. 21. Rehearsal will generally be Sunday-Thursday nights 7-9:30 pm.
April 19 – May 5, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees April 28 and May 5 at 2 pm. Tickets available at 936-441-7469 or

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins – Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette – could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have set tongues wagging in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. But the cousins can’t back out of the reunion now. It’s on and Gaynelle is hosting; Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle’s sanity (having recently plowed her car through the bedroom of her husband’s mistress’s doublewide) to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor’s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love and a shocking high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you’ll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!

Characters: 8 Women, 4 Men
(ages listed below can be flexible… both up or down)
• Gaynelle Verdeen Bodine: the walking nervous breakdown (40s); Her home provides the set… a comfortable Texas Victorian living/dining room. She once had it all together, but after attempting to mow down her husband’s white trash mistress… things are not exactly going her way…
• Peaches Verdeen Belrose: loud-talking, fun-loving, the wildest cousin (40s); The saucy, number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area
• Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen: a hearty good ol’ girl, tomboy, the “peculiar” cousin (40s); The roughhewn store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear
• Uncle Aubrey Verdeen: the good-natured, oxygen-dependent, cantankerous patriarch of the Verdeen family (80s).
• Aunt LaMerle Verdeen Minshew: the sharp-tongued, self-serving matriarch of the Verdeen family (60s/70s).
• Newt Blaylock: one-eyed wig and bait salesman (50s).
• Cee Cee Windham: sassy and stylish, local TV hostess (40s/50s).
• Bitsy Hargis: prissy, prim, nosey, and a throw-back to the 1950s (40s).
• Elsa Dowdall: a German court-appointed psychologist (age is open).
• Cousin Purvis Verdeen: still wearin’ the plaid pants, a photo buff (50s/60s).
• Sheriff Grover Lout: a small-town sheriff (ever seen the sheriff in the Smokey and the Bandit films?) (50s)
• Mamma Doll Hargis: Bitsy’s mother, 80s to death.
Actors are requested to bring headshot and resume to the auditions if they have one. For more information, go to or send email to the director: