Harvey Auditions

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Directed by Maurisa Charset
Audition Date: Monday, August 29th from 7:00-9:00
Call Back Date: WednesdayAugust 31st from 7:00-9:00

Tech Week: December 5th-8th (Time TBH) 
Show Dates: December 9, 10, 11th 
With two Saturday shows


 

Audition Requirements:

Please prepare a 2-5 min comedic monologue. 

There will be sides for both auditions and callbacks. 

Being able to do a Transatlantic accent is a plus!

 

A transatlantic accent also called a Mid-Atlantic accent, is a way of speaking English that is halfway between American and British. It makes you sound like you have a good education but no one can tell quite where you are from. You hear it in old Hollywood films from the 1930s and 1940s.

Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase(written in 1944), 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. 

Characters

Elwood P. Dowd (Lead) (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 but the age difference needn’t be dramatic.

Dr. William B. Chumley (Age 50-80)

Dr. Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest with years of experience. 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 sites 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.

Veta Louise Simmons (Age 35-55)

Elwood’s younger 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 very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. 

Ruth Kelly (Age 18-35)

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 18-30)

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. 

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. 

E. J. Lofgren (Open age and gender)

Taxi Driver