“Harvey” Center Stage Jackson Auditions – Jackson
Audition dates for the Center Stage Jackson production of “Harvey” are Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 12 from 7:00 until 8:00 at Jackson First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan Avenue in Jackson. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The comedy has roles for six men and six women. Production dates are February 7-9 and 14-16 at The Middle School at Parkside. There will also be one weekday matinee performance for Parkside students. The play is directed by Doug Meyers.
THE STORY: When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.
· Myrtle Mae Simmons – Daughter of Veta, Niece of Elwood. Looking for a husband. Early 20s.
· Veta Louise Simmons – Sister of Elwood. Society matron. Very dignified. 40-50.
· Elwood P. Dowd – Late 40s. Dignified bearing “but with a dreamy expression in his eyes.” Highly likeable. Takes absolutely everything in stride without missing a beat.
· Miss Johnson – The maid to Veta and Elwood.
· Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet – Mid 60s. Every bit the society woman. Casually stylish. “Aunt” to Veta and Elwood.
· Ruth Kelly, R.N. – Nurse at the sanitarium. Pretty. Mid 20s. Has a crush on Dr. Sanderson.
· Duane Wilson – Sanitarium orderly. Brutish and somewhat crude. Is the muscle for the Sanitarium. Fiercely loyal to Dr. Chumley. Has a crush on Nurse Kelly.
· Lyman Sanderson, M.D. – Young, handsome doctor. New to the sanitarium. Treats Nurse Kelly with professional distance. Late 20s or early 30s.
· William R. Chumley, M.D. – Renowned psychiatrist. Founder and owner of the Sanitarium. 60s
· Betty Chumley – Wife to Dr. Chumley. 60s
· Judge Omar Gaffney – Local judge. Also family lawyer to Veta and Elwood. Late 60s.
· E.J. Lofgren – Local cab driver.