Stageworks Theatre announces auditions on February 26 for Harvey, performing May 17 - June 9, 2019 directed by Debra Schultz.
Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a polite and friendly man with a very strange best friend—a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. Elwood’s sister Veta is concerned the rabbit will interfere with her life as a socialite, so she tries to have Elwood committed at the local sanatorium. Veta is so hysterical when she explains her brother’s condition that she is committed instead. Elwood leaves the sanatorium grounds unbothered, turning the town upside down as everyone goes on the lookout for this mind-mannered hero and his invisible rabbit. Or is it invisible?
Auditions are open to the community and parts may be cast with actors of any ethnicity. Additionally, some roles may be cast without callbacks.
All auditions, rehearsals and performances are held at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, Texas 77070.
Tuesday, February 26, 7-9pm
Callbacks by invitation Saturday, March 2
First rehearsal March 18, 2019 7-10pm
Generally 7-10pm Monday-Thursday with occasional Saturdays. Note: rehearsal schedule is adjusted to fit all actors. Expect 4-5 rehearsals per week.
Required rehearsals are held every Thursday evening during the run of the show
May 17 - June 9, 2019 (12 shows)
Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00pm
How to Audition
Sign up for an audition appointment here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4cabae29ab9-harvey
Complete and bring a completed audition form, listing out ALL conflicts during the rehearsal period—a detailed schedule will be crafted based off conflicts.
Bring one copy of your acting resume and photo stapled to the back.
Available characters - A complete list of characters is below.
Be familiar with the sides listed below for the character(s) for which you're auditioning. If no side is listed by your targeted character, select role in your age range that does have a side and use that one.
Unable To Attend Audition?
We will accept video auditions no later than February 25, 2019. Please follow the audition format listed above and submit a Vimeo or YouTube audition link to email@example.com. Also, attach a completed audition form, along with headshot/bio in your email. We may still require an in-person audition.
Watch our website audition page http://www.stageworkshouston.org/auditions and the Stageworks Theatre Open Auditions Facebook group for casting updates.
Characters & Associated Sides
Elwood P. Dowd (Lead) (Age 35-55) Elwood P. Dowd is the central character of the play, a charming eccentric who’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, very friendly, and has “old-school gentleman charm”. Elwood is Veta’s older brother but the age difference needn’t be dramatic. Elwood side
Dr. William B. Chumley (Age 50-80) Dr. Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest with years of experience. He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium. Usually played an older actor. Chumley side
Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Age 20-35) Dr. Sanderson is a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on. Usually played a younger actor. Sanderson side
Wilson (Age 20-50) Wilson is the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. He sets his sites on Myrtle Mae Simmons soon after meeting her.
Judge Omar Gaffney (Age 40-80) The judge is 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.
E. J. Lofgren (Male open age) E.J. Lofgren is a cab driver whose monologue about sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play.
Veta Louise Simmons (Age 35-55) Elwood’s younger sister, Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother and 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 that involves. She also loves her older brother Elwood very much. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play. Veta side
Ruth Kelly (Age 18-35) Nurse Kelly is a sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. She is sweet and kind and looks for the best in people. Ruth Kelly side
Myrtle Mae Simmons (Age 18-30) Myrtle is Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s Niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry-a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered.
Ethel Chauvenet (Age 50-80) Mrs. Chauvenet 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.
Betty Chumley (Age 50-80) Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife.