MONday, April 22nd – 7pm @ Lindsay Little Theatre
Academy Theatre Lindsay – JULY 5-7 2019
• It is imperative that you have read Harvey by Mary Chase in preparation for this audition. The play is realistic but requires size and ability to deal with large personalities of the story. A copy of the script can be found here: HARVEY Script
- All roles are available; there is no pre-casting.
- Make sure to read/be familiar with the play
- Look over the specifics for the characters you would like to be considered for (see below)
- Be prepared to answer questions about the play.
- You must have any and all unavoidable conflicts for dates listed when you audition.
- Let’s have FUN, and get CREATIVE!
About the show:
Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit.
When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium.
A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium.
In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible his best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.
Character Breakdowns: ( 5 female/ 4 males/ 2 open)
Ethel Chauvenet – An old friend of the family. She is a member of the town’s social circle, which Veta wants Myrtle to break into, and so they both flatter her and curry her favor. Can be a scene stealer in the hands of the right actress. Featured role (one scene)
Betty Chumley – Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. She is more concerned with socializing than with science: told that her husband has to examine a patient, she tells him, “Give a little quick diagnosis, Willie — we don’t want to be late to the party.” Featured role (one scene)
Dr. William B. Chumley – He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium and his own reputation as one of the most renowned psychitriats in the world, but his interaction with Elwood and Harvey reveal an unexpected vulnerability. Major role
Elwood P. Dowd – The central character of the play, a friendly eccentric who spends his days and nights in the taverns of his unnamed town. Elwood’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six and a half-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well-mannered, friendly and kind. Veta’s younger brother. Major role
Judge Omar Gaffney – An old family friend of the Dowds, and the family’s lawyer… a little in love with Veta. Major role
Mr/Miss Johnson/Dumphy – Listed in the Cast of Characters as “a cateress,”/attendant at the Mental Hospital but dialog in the play is tagged “Maid.” Miss/Mr Johnson only appears briefly in the first act. Mr/Miss Dumphy appears various scenes the sanitarium. 2 roles in one.
Nurse Ruth Kelly – A sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who appears to have some sort of love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. Major role
E.J. Lofgren – (any) a cab driver whose monologue about his/her sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. Featured role (one scene)
Dr. Lyman Sanderson – A young and highly qualified psychiatrist. Handpicked by Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is just as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on. Major role
Myrtle Mae Simmons – A young woman, the daughter of Veta (and Elwood’s niece). The main reason why she and her mother are concerned about their standing in the community is that they both are concerned that Myrtle find a man to marry – a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered. Major role
Veta Louise Simmons – Elwood’s Sister, she is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. She is concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her brother Elwood very much. She joins the play’s two opposing forces, logic and imagination. Major role
Wilson – A brute of a man, the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. Major role
Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Director Dylan Robichaud (firstname.lastname@example.org)