AUDITION NOTICE

Harvey Casting Call

Director: John Gerry

Assistant Director: Hannah Elias

Producer: Mona Brennan-Coles

Stage Manager: Chris Shoesmith

Performance Dates (2025): Wednesday, April 30th (Community Preview) – Sunday, May 4th

Thursday, May 8th – Sunday, May 11th 

Performance Location: The David Long Stage at the Palace Theatre

Audition Dates (2024): Tuesday, November 19th, Wednesday, November 20th and

Thursday, November 21st

Audition Location: Maryse Leitch Hall at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street East. 

Audition Times: By appointment between 7 PM and 10 PM on November 19th, 20th and 21st. Please contact Mona Brennan-Coles at [email protected] to book an appointment and/or for a copy of script.  

If you would like to audition but your schedule conflicts, please contact Mona to make alternate arrangements.

Callback if needed: Saturday, November 23rd from 10 AM and 12 PM

Additional Audition Information:

  • Prepare a monologue 2 to 3 minutes long.
  • Download, print and complete the audition form which includes any relevant experience and a list of all potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule from November 2024 through April 2025
  • Bring your completed form to your audition.
  • The creative team is committed to providing inclusive opportunities for diverse performers. Artists of all backgrounds, ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, body types and abilities are encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals:

  • Read Through and Table Talk:  3 or 4 the week of November 24th – 30th. 
  • Rehearsals will begin early February 2025.  ALL cast members are expected to be OFF BOOK when rehearsals begin in February 2025.   We are planning for 2 weeknight and one weekend rehearsal time each week – details will be available well before auditions.
  • Additional rehearsals will be scheduled as needed between April 14th and the first audience on Wednesday, April 30th, 2025.
  • NOTE:  Until we begin full runs, you will only be scheduled for rehearsals when “your” scenes are being rehearsed.

ABOUT Harvey

Production DescriptionExperience the whimsical and heartwarming tale of “Harvey,” written by Mary Chase. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play introduces us to Elwood P. Dowd, a kind-hearted and eccentric man who insists on introducing everyone to his best friend, Harvey—a 6-foot-3-inch tall invisible rabbit. As Elwood’s family and society struggle to accept his unique friendship, they are forced to question their own definition of reality and what it truly means to be sane. With its endearing characters, clever humor, and thought-provoking themes, “Harvey” has become a classic of American theater, earning multiple awards and nominations. (from the LCP website – https://palacetheatre.ca/shows-events-listings/

‘Harvey’ Character Descriptions

MALE ROLES

Elwood P. Dowd

  • Age 50 – 65
  • Is the central character of the play, a charming gentle eccentric whose best friend is a pooka (aka, ‘Harvey’, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit).
  • Elwood is well mannered, extremely friendly to all, and has an ‘old-school gentleman charm’.
  • Elwood is Veta’s older brother, but the age difference needn’t be too dramatic.

Dr. William R. Chumley

  • Age 50 – 80
  • An esteemed psychiatrist and head of the sanatorium, ‘Chumley’s Rest’.
  • He is confident as only as MD would be in that age/time (aka, God on Earth) … he is an exacting man ‘feared’ by his employees. Brooks no challenges to his opinions.
  • But he harbours inner desires.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson, M.D.

  • Age 25 – 35
  • Young and highly qualified doctor/psychiatrist handpicked by Dr. Chumley … confident verging on ‘vain’.
  • He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on.

Duane Wilson

  • Age 25 – 50
  • Wilson is the ‘muscle’ of Chumley’s Rest.
  • Totally devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients (especially the ones who will not cooperate voluntarily).
  • He is smitten with Myrtle Mae Simmons upon meeting her.

Judge Omar Gaffney

  • Age 40 – 80
  • 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.

FEMALE ROLES

Veta Louise Simmons

  • Age 45 – 55
  • Elwood’s younger sister.
  • Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother … 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 involves.
  • She truly loves her older brother Elwood.
  • She is the ‘dynamic’ that truly drives the action of the play.

Myrtle Mae Simmons

  • Age 18 – 30
  • Myrtle is Veta’s daughter (Elwood’s niece).
  • Both Myrtle and Veta are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry … a mission that is made impossible, in their minds, with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping up!
  • She is extremely self-centered.

Ruth Kelly, R.N.

  • Age 18 – 30
  • Nurse Kelly is an independent individual who is totally devoted to her job and patients under her care.
  • She is kind and looks for the best in people … but with that being said she has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet

Age 50 – 80

  • 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.
  • ( A smaller role … Act 1 only … could possibly double as Betty Chumley who appears only in Act 2 )

Betty Chumley

  • Age 50 – 80
  • Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife.
  • (appears only in Act 2 … see above re: Ethel)

Miss Johnson

  • Age  18 – 40
  • Maid who appears briefly in Act 1.

GENDER NEUTRAL ROLE

  1. J. Lofgren
  • Age … Open (at least 18)
  • A cab driver whose monologue about sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play.
  • This role has a single scene at the end of Act 2 and would have a limited rehearsal schedule.
  • She could be the embodiment of the women, who at the time, were empowered by taking over the more traditional roles of the men who were overseas fighting.