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HARVEY - 1/11, 1/12 & 1/19

Narberth Community Theatre will be holding auditions for Mary Chase’s “HARVEY”Dates: January 11th, 2:00 to 4:30; January 12th, 7:00 to 10:00. Potential callbacks: January 19th, 7:30 to 10:00 (if needed) at Overbrook Presbyterian Church
(6376 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA - City Line and Lancaster Aves)

Rehearsals will start Sunday, February 1, 2015. Rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday afternoons (1:30 pm to 5:00 pm) as well as Monday and Tuesday evenings (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm). The rehearsal schedule will be completed after the cast has been selected; we will try to take any conflicts into account.

If you have any conflicts with the rehearsal or performance dates, or if you cannot commit to the full rehearsal period on any given date (due to work or family responsibilities, travel time to the theatre from work, and so on), please indicate the details on the reverse of this form. Conflicts as such will not automatically disqualify you from being cast; however, knowing about them in advance allows us to adjust the rehearsal schedule to take them into account, and to avoid wasting the time of the other people involved with the production.

 

Character Breakdown:

Myrtle Mae Simmons

"We can’t have anyone here in the evenings, and that’s when men come to see you—in the evenings."

Female, early 20s. Very self-centered. Daughter of Veta, niece of Elwood.

Veta Louise Simmons

"Elwood is the biggest heartache I have. Even if people do call him peculiar he’s still my brother, and he won’t be home this afternoon."

Female, middle-aged; must play younger than Elwood (described as her older brother) but there doesn’t have to be a great gap in ages. Mother of Myrtle Mae, sister of Elwood.

Elwood P. Dowd

"’In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.’ For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."

Male, mid 40s to mid 60s. Brother of Veta, uncle of Myrtle Mae. Old-fashioned, kind (or kindly); has a tendency to take every statement literally, at least on the surface.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet

"Mrs. Eugene Chauvenet. Senior! Her father was a scout with Buffalo Bill."

Female, early 60s on up. An old friend of the family, but especially fond of Elwood. A member of the town’s social elite.

Ruth Kelly, R.N.

"Beautiful—and dumb, too. It’s almost too good to be true."

Female, early 20s to early 30s. In love with Dr. Sanderson, but put off by his formality and stand-offishness.

Duane Wilson

"P-o-o-k-a. ‘Pooka. From old Celtic mythology. A fairy spirit in animal form. Always very large. The pooka appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that one at his own caprice. A wise but mischievous creature. Very fond of rum-pots, crack-pots, and how are you Mr. Wilson.’"

Male, late 20s to late 30s. The sanitarium’s orderly, but also its “muscle."

Not particularly well-educated. Sets his cap at Myrtle Mae as soon as he sees her.

Lyman Sanderson, M.D.

"Doctor—the function of a psychiatrist is to tell the difference between those who are reasonable, and those who merely talk and act reasonably. Do you realize what you have done to me? You don’t answer. I’ll tell you. You have permitted a psychopathic case to walk off these grounds and roam around with an overgrown white rabbit. You have subjected m—a psychiatrist—to the humiliation of having to call—of all things— a lawyer to find out who came out here to be committed—and who came out her to commit!"

Male, mid 20s to mid 30s. Young but highly qualified pyschiatrist. Very attracted to Nurse Kelly, but afraid to show it. Quite vain.

William R. Chumley, M.D.

"Still a psychiatrist! Dr. Chumley is more than that. He is a psychiatrist with a national reputation. Whenever people have mental breakdowns they think at once of Dr. Chumley."

Male, mid 40s to mid 60s. Quite aware of his own stellar repuration in his field, and very protective of this. He shows some surprising vulnerabilities over the course of the play.

Betty Chumley

"Give a little quick diagnosis, Willie—we don’t want to be late to the party."

Female, middle aged; should be approximately the same age as Dr. Chumley, perhaps a little younger. Kind and talkative, but more interested in the couple’s social life than in Dr. Chumley’s professional work.

Judge Omar Gaffney

"I’m not giving up my game at the club again, no matter how big the animal is."

Male, early 60s on up. An old family friend as well as the family’s lawyer. His fondness for Veta may hint at unrequired infatuation.

E. J. Lofgren

"Lady, after this, he’ll be a perfectly normal human being and you know what bastards they are!"

Nominally male, but could be played by a tough-talking female. Age is indeterminate, could be mid 30s on up, but more likely on the older side. Only has one scene, but it’s crucial to the outcome of the play.