Auditions for.... The comedy HARVEY
By Mary Chase
Directed by Rachael Lindley
Sunday, April 8, 7-10 pm and Monday, April 9, 7:00 pm
Callbacks on Monday April 9 starting at 8:00 pm
Head shots and resumes are appreciated but not required. **PLEASE** call for an audition time, 972-699-1130.
Walk-ins are welcome, but reserved times are preferred. There will be cold readings from the script. Please come prepared to list all conflicts. ** NO conflicts accepted during tech week, June 24-28**
Rehearsals start May 21 and will typically be Sunday-Thursdays.
ERFORMANCE DATES: June 29 - July 15
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm and Thursdays at 7:30 of the second and third week
• Elwood P. Dowd (Age 35-55) – Elwood P. Dowd is the central character of the play, a charming eccentric whose best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, very friendly, and has “old-school gentleman charm”. Elwood is Veta’s older brother.
• Dr. William B. Chumley (Age 50-80) – Dr. Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist with years of experience and the head of Chumley’s Rest. He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium.
• Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Age 20-35) – Dr. Sanderson is a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on.
• Wilson (Age 20-50) – Wilson is the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. He sets his sights on Myrtle Mae Simmons soon after meeting her.
• Judge Omar Gaffney (Age 40-80) – The judge is an old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer. He is fiercely protective of the family and surprisingly understanding of Elwood’s belief in Harvey.
• E.J. Lofgren (25-60) – E.J. Lofgren is a cab driver whose monologue about sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. This role has a single scene near the very end and would have a limited rehearsal schedule.
• Veta Louise Simmons (Age 35-55) – Elwood’s younger sister, Veta, has returned to the family home after the death of her mother, and she is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. Veta is very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her older brother Elwood very much. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play.
• Ruth Kelly (Age 18-25) – Nurse Kelly is a sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. She is sweet and kind and looks for the best in people.
• Myrtle Mae Simmons (Age 18-25) – Myrtle is Veta’s daughter (Elwood’s niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry — a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered. Usually played by a younger actress.
• Ethel Chauvenet (Age 50-80) – Mrs. Chauvenet is an old friend of the family. She is an elite member of the town’s social circle that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into.
• Betty Chumley (Age 50-80) – Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife
Elwood P. Dowd and Harvey, his imaginary six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, are the embarrassment of his family. His sister, Veta, tries to have him committed to a sanitarium but she herself is committed when in a frantic explanation, she admits that she becomes so distressed that she herself sees Harvey from time to time. The truth comes out; Veta is freed and the search for Elwood is on. He eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on the others. Maybe everyone needs a Harvey in their life after all.
Questions, please contact Richardson
Theatre Centre at 972-699-1130!