Harvey by Mary Chase Performance Dates February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 - 8:00 pm and February 11 at 2:00 pm Presented on the Main Stage - PG
AUDITION DATE - OCTOBER 22, 4:00 PM Auditions include: 1. Reading scenes from the script. 2. Actors are also encouraged to prepare a 1-3 minute monologue; however, this is optional. 3. If you are new to ACT, head-shots and resumes are appreciated, but are also optional. If you have any questions please contact the director Gill Johnston via e-mail - NUANZ@EARTHLINK.net
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.
● Elwood P. Dowd – (40s+) 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.
● Veta Louise Simmons – (40s+) Elwood’s sister Veta is becoming undone by her brother’s relationship with the invisible Harvey. She decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium to spare the family any further embarrassment. However the easily flustered Veta ends up being committed herself when she confesses that she too feels that she sometimes “sees” Harvey.
● Nurse Ruth Kelly – (20-30s) An attractive young nurse with a crush on the handsome but obtuse psychiatrist Dr. Sanderson. She is charmed by Elwood’s courtly ways.
● Dr. Lyman Sanderson – (20s-30s) young, but very qualified psychiatrist – Dr. Chumley has picked him out of the twelve possible assistants that he tried. He is just as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, but he only reveals his concern indirectly.
● Myrtle Mae Simmons – (20-30s) Myrtle lives with her widowed mother Veta in her Uncle Elwood’s home. Unmarried and eager to meet eligible men but believes her uncle’s peculiar behavior is ruining her chances.
● Wilson – (20-40s) the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily.
● Ethel Chauvenet – (60+) an old friend of the family. She is a member of the town’s social circle,which Veta wants Myrtle to break into.
● Betty Chumley (the doctor’s wife) – (50s+) 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.”
● Dr. William B. Chumley – (50s+) an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of the sanitarium,Chumley’s Rest, to which Veta has Elwood taken. He is a difficult, exacting man, feared by his subordinates, unwilling to tolerate his mistakes.
● Judge Omar Gaffney – (50s+) an old family friend of the Dowd’s, a representative of the people in town who are accustomed to seeing Elwood talking to Harvey and who do not think anything of it.
● E. J. Lofgren – (any age) Male or Female: Lofgren is the cab driver who regularly takes patients to and from Chumley’s Rest – and sees the negative results
● “Cateress”/”Maid” – (any age) Works for the Simmons household.
Amelia Community Theatre is a volunteer based, not for profit 501c3 corporation registered with the State of Florida. Auditions and participation are open to all.