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Upcoming Audition

Harvey

Location:
Hendricks Live!
200 W Main St
Plainfield, IN 46168

Dates/Times:

February 26 or 27 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM
 
To audition, please fill out the audition form in the link below.

SYNOPSIS

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 best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.

Characters:

MEN
Elwood P. Dowd: The central character of the play, a charming eccentric whose best friend
is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well-mannered, friendly, and kind. Veta’s
younger brother. Aged 28-35. Major role

Dr. Chumley: Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s
Experimental Rest Home for the Mentally Askew. 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 psychiatrists in the world, but his interaction with Elwood and Harvey
reveals an unexpected vulnerability. Middle-aged. Major role.

Dr. Sanderson: a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, hand
picked by 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.
Aged 28 -32. Major role.

Judge Gaffney: An old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer. . .a little in love
with Veta. Aged 50 -70. 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. Aged 18-25. Major role.

E.J. Lofgren: a cab driver whose monologue about his sanitarium passengers is crucial to
the climax of the play. He has a single scene near the very end and would have a very
limited rehearsal schedule. Featured role (one scene).

WOMEN
Myrtle Mae Simmons: Veta’s 17- year-old daughter (and 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. Major role.

Veta Simmons: Elwood’s sister, Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her
mother and 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. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play.
Aged 37 – 40. Major role.

Ethel Chauvenet: An old friend of the family. She is a leader of the town’s social circle that
Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into. Can be a scene stealer in the hands of the right
actress. Aged 50-70.
Featured role (one scene)

Betty Chumley: Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. Aged 30 – 35. Featured role (one
scene)

Nurse Kelly: A pretty, young woman who has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson.
Aged 19 – 22. Major role

 

Audition Preparation:

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Please Note

HCT continues to be mindful of the safety of our performers and audience. Should guidelines or recommendations for safe social gatherings change, we will make adjustments as needed, including the possibility of cancellation or postponement. We thank you for your understanding.

Details

Hendricks Civic Theatre is proud to present auditions for Harvey

WHO: All roles are open for audition

WHEN/WHERE: February 26 & 27 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at either Longstreet Playhouse or Hendricks Live (if construction is complete). Keep checking back for more information on audition location.

WHAT: Auditions will consist of readings from the script

SHOW DATES: April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 of 2024

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please email the DIRECTOR, Roger Dutcher (rogerzdutcher@yahoo.com)

Please complete the Online Audition Form. The information will be provided to the director.

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