HarveyAuditions for Harvey will be held on Sunday, November 2 and Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00pm at Theatre Charlotte. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The show will be directed by Corey Mitchell and produced at Theatre Charlotte, January 23-February 8, 2015.
Harvey is the classic comedy by Mary Chase about a six-foot-tall rabbit invisible to everyone except Elwood P. Dowd. In order to save the family's social reputation, Elwood's sister, Veta, takes him to the local sanitarium. But their arrival at the sanitarium sets off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos.
The following characters are being cast:
Ethel Chauvenet — 50s to 60s; an old friend of the family and a member of the town's social circle, which Veta wants Myrtle to break into.
Betty Chumley — 40s to 50s;Dr. Chumley's wife; like Veta, 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."
Dr. William B. Chumley — 40s to 60; 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.
Elwood P. Dowd — 30s to 50; a friendly eccentric who spends his days and nights in the taverns of his town. Elwood's best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is a charmer, always pleasant when talking to people, even those who, like Wilson, address him gruffly. There are hints that Elwood has known disappointment in his life.
Judge Omar Gaffney — 60s to 70s; an old family friend of the Dowds, a representative of the people in town who are accustomed to seeing Elwood talking to Harvey and who do not think anything of it. He is the family's lawyer.
Ruth Kelly — 20s; a sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who appears to have some sort of love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson.
E. J. Lofgren — a cab driver, Lofgren, who makes Veta realize that the treatment that is supposed to make Elwood stop seeing Harvey might drain him of his kind personality.
Dr. Lyman Sanderson — 30s; young, for a psychiatrist, but very qualified — 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 feelings indirectly.
Myrtle Mae Simmons — 20s; the daughter of Veta. 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. They are afraid that prospective suitors will be frightened away when they find out that Elwood has an imaginary friend. Myrtle is less charitable about Elwood's odd behavior than Veta.
Veta Louise Simmons — 50s; Elwood's sister; It is her embarrassment with Elwood and her fear that her daughter, Myrtle, will not be able to land a suitable husband because of his eccentricities, that has her take him to Chumley's sanitarium to be committed. But Veta is just as unstable in her own way as is her brother.
Wilson — Wilson is the muscle of Chumley's Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily.
Miss Johnson — the maid.
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Anyone interested in performing on stage at Theatre Charlotte is welcome to audition. For musicals, generally you will be required to prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition and come dressed to move. For non-musicals you will most likely be asked to read scenes from the script. Perusal copies of scripts are often available for those interested in auditioning. Rehearsals are usually held Sunday through Thursday evenings.