WAGON WHEELS A-ROLLIN’ – Youth Theater Play (auditions concluded)

Dates & Times

August 28, 2018…starting promptly at 4:30pm
August 30, 2018…starting promptly at 4:30pm


Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
Please park behind the church and follow the signs to the southwest door



Bob & Pam Bullock


About this Play

Woe falls upon Chuck Wagon’s wagon train, stranded in the notorious Whistling Skull Rock outside the tiny town of Vinegar Bottle, famed for its “I’m O.K. You’re O.K. Corral” and crawling with villains and bandits! This fast-paced spoof of the Old West is filled with a goofy stable of hilarious characters. Then mix with mirth, action, and a laugh a minute, and you’ll be rollin’ in the aisle by the time the wagons start rollin’ out!



November 16, 17, 18, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201


This production calls for…

Center Stage Jackson’s Youth Theater program is for Jackson County students that are in 3rd through 9th grade (no exceptions). See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about the Youth Theater program.


What actors should expect at auditions

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. A “cold reading” means reading from a script without seeing it or being able to practice it beforehand. Please note that the production team will not have actors read for every character (or even the character the actor might want to play). The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.


What actors should prepare for auditions

No preparation necessary. Newbies welcome!


Character List

  • Chuck Wagon: Leads the wagon train; young, handsome, honest; our hero (104 lines)
  • Wild Bill Hiccup: Assists Chuck, hiccups a lot (30 lines)
  • Candy Kane: Lovely girl, sweet but strong, admires Chuck; our heroine (105 lines)
  • Dulcy: Candy’s cousin, same age (24 lines)
  • Josiah Aimless: Farmer from New England (6 lines)
  • Matilda: Josiah’s wife (19 lines)
  • Lullaby: Josiah’s daughter, about 12 (15 lines)
  • Cactus Kate: Runs the local hotel (30 lines)
  • Mother Rogers: Newspaper publisher/editor (26 lines)
  • Evening Star: Indian girl about 14, works for Mother Rogers (15 lines)
  • Clementine Splinters: Fiery fighter for law and order (35 lines)
  • Dusty: Clementine’s baby brother, a grizzled desert rat (20 lines)
  • Letty: Stranded in town (15 lines)
  • Virginia Hamm: Deals cards at Sarsparilly Saloon (17 lines)
  • Glazed Hamm: Virigina’s sister, another card dealer (18 lines)
  • Smiling Slade Claggett: Smiles a lot—but so does a crocodile; our villain (100 lines)
  • Sue Flay: Villain’s partner, gorgeous rotten apple for a heart (75 lines)
  • Minerva Springwell: Schoolmarm (21 lines)
  • Judy: Pupil (15 lines)
  • Sally: Pupil (15 lines)
  • Cookie: Juanita’s maid (17 lines)
  • Alibi Crabtree: Jack-of-all-trades (10 lines)
  • Juanita Fandango: Famous stage personality (37 lines)
  • Lieutenant Ample Porridge: U.S. Army man (25 lines)
  • Straight-Shooting Sam: Outlaw, dumb (51 lines)
  • The Arizona Kid: Another outlaw, dumber (57 lines)
  • Dallas: Female bandit (58 lines)
  • Judge Pettigrew: Rides a short circuit (32 lines)
  • Petunia: Judge Pettigrew’s wife (17 lines)
  • Citizens

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

There will be a read-through and mandatory parent meeting at 4:30pm on September 11. Rehearsals will then be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm until 6:00pm through November 8. Not every actor will be called to every rehearsal, depending on casting. During “Tech Week” (November 12-15) rehearsals will be held from 6:00pm-9:30pm. During Tech Week all actors are required at rehearsal.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202.



Youth Theater Committee Chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net or 517-539-4118.