Auditions for "The Red Velvet Cake War"

Announcing auditions for Stained Glass Playhouse's production of "The Red Velvet Cake War" by Jones Hope Wooten!

Directed by April J'Callahan Marshall


Monday and Tuesday, September 11 & 12, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm each night

Please be sure to sign up for an audition date here:


October 27-29, November 3-5 & 10-12
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm


Stained Glass Playhouse
4401 Indiana Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
(in the former sanctuary of Marvin United Methodist Church)


You will need to complete an audition form, including a list of any conflicts from September 13 - November 12. You can fill out the audition form in advance (see link below -- please bring TWO copies with you to the auditions), or wait and complete it at auditions.

Audition Form (PDF)

You do not need to prepare anything else in advance. The auditions will consist of readings of segments of the script ("sides") prepared by the director.


The outrageous antics of the three Verdeen cousins - Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette - have become the talk of the town in Sweetgum, not the least of which is Gaynelle's "accidentally" crashing her minivan through the bedroom of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide. But Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided that their family reunion's success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle’s sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Things spin hilariously out of control as a neighbor's pet devours all the food, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake.


Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen - A walking nervous breakdown who is fresh off being left by her husband of 27 years, for a younger woman. She has narrowly escaped prosecution but must pass a psych evaluation in order to be completely acquitted.

Peaches Verdeen Belrose - A loud-talking, fun-loving, flashy dresser, and the number one “mortuarial cosmetologist” in this part of Texas. Her husband has been missing for 7 years and she is finally ready to declare him legally dead. A busy working woman who is the most put together of the three cousins.

Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen - A hearty good ol’ girl with an unfortunate unibrow, dressed in classic men’s Western and not a big fan of make-up. Not often interested in men but has decided to compete for a neighboring widower.

Cee Cee Windham - Sassy and stylish hostess of Hospitality House, a low-budget cable access program in Sweetgum, Texas. Best friend to Gaynelle. (May double with Mama Doll Hargis.)

Uncle Aubrey Verdeen - The good-natured, oxygen-tank-dependent patriarch of the Verdeen family. Often dressed in a suit and tie, he is an old bachelor and ladies’ man. Great Uncle to Gaynelle, Jimmie Wy, and Peaches. Uncle to LaMerle.

LaMerle Verdeen Minshew - The well-dressed, self-serving, sharp-tongued matriarch of the Verdeen clan. She is an uptight elitist whose red velvet cake is legendary. She and Aubrey have been one-upping each other for decades.

Bitsy Hargis - Perky, prim, nosy and a throwback to the 1950’s. She is a bit of a southern viper, nice and sweet to your face, but vicious when she doesn’t get her way. Very competitive over a neighboring widower she is trying to “land”.

Mama Doll Hargis - A lively and special lady to Uncle Aubrey, and mother to Bitsy. (May double with Cee Cee Windham.)

Newt Blaylock - A high-energy, true Texas eccentric with a patch over one eye. He has a crush on Gaynelle and tries to fend off Peaches’ and Elsa’s advances.

Elsa Dowell - European-born, stern and ultra-efficient psychologist assigned to evaluate Gaynelle. She becomes obsessed with Newt and pursues him aggressively.

Sheriff Grover Lout - Somewhat skittish and incompetent, he comes armed with mirrored shades and a bad attitude. He likes to throw his weight around and abuse his power. (May double with Purvis Verdeen.)

Purvis Verdeen - Cousin to Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wy. He loves to take and show pictures of dead relatives, and wears flashy plaid pants pulled up almost to his armpits. (May double with Sherrif Grover Lout.)

See you soon! Sign up for an audition slot below:

"The Red Velvet Cake War" is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection.

General Audition Info

Auditions are open to everyone, regardless of experience. We may occasionally restrict auditions to ages 16 and up (at the discretion of each production's director).

We hold auditions four times a year, once for each of our productions. We usually announce auditions 3 to 4 weeks in advance, but in general they are in mid to late May (for the summer musical), mid to late August (for the fall play), mid November (for the winter play), and late February (for the spring play).

Auditions for PLAYS typically consist of cold readings of segments of the script (called "sides") prepared by the director.

Auditions for the MUSICAL will also typically include a vocal audition -- 16-32 bars of a prepared, memorized song of your choice in the style of the show, for which you must bring sheet music in the correct key for the provided accompanist to play from (please do not plan to sing a cappella or use an accompaniment track unless specified in the show's audition announcement). Musical auditions may also include a short dance/movement combination prepared by the choreographer.

At all auditions, you will need to complete a short audition form, and provide a list of all known schedule conflicts from the audition date through the final performance of the show.

We will post dates and other specific information for each audition here when we know it, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages and in our marketing emails. Be sure to check out our current season to see what shows are coming up!