KAWARTHA LAKES: The Academy Theatre and Lindsay Little Theatre will hold auditions for their summer co-production of Mary Chase’s Harvey. The show director, Dylan Robichaud, along with both theatres invite members of the community to audition on Monday April 22nd, between 7-9 p.m. The open auditions will be held at Lindsay Little Theatre, 55 George Street W., Lindsay. For more information, please contact Dylan at email@example.com.
About the play, Harvey
Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit.
When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium.
A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood!
Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium.
In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible his best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.
Tryouts/auditions are open to everyone
You do not have to have theatre or acting experience in order to audition.
The best quality to bring is a desire to participate and share the experience of live theatre. There are five female and four males roles open. Further audition details can be found at: http://www.lindsaylittletheatre.com/auditions/harvey-2019/
General Audition Dates/Location: Monday April 22nd,
7-9 p.m., at Lindsay Little Theatre, 55 George St. W., Lindsay,
About Lindsay Little Theatre and the Academy Theatre:
Established in the early 1960s with in the Academy Theatre, Lindsay Little Theatre has been producing quality live theatre for over 50 years. Lindsay Little Theatre is an inclusive and dynamic group, always happy to see new faces and individuals passionate about theatre.
The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts, as it is known today, is a busy cultural centre, operated as a non-profit organization. Still presenting incredible concerts, community productions and providing a venue for local schools and organizations, the Academy relies upon rental income and is strongly supported by the generosity of donations from the public. With guidance from a dedicated Board of Directors, the Academy has a Manager and Administrative Staff who welcome up to 20,000 visitors a year to this grand old building.
Ethel Chauvenet: An old friend of the family. She is a member of the town’s social circle, which Veta wants Myrtle to break into, and so they both flatter her and curry her favor. Can be a scene stealer in the hands of the right actress. Featured role (one scene)
Betty Chumley: Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. 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.” Featured role (one scene)
Dr. William B. Chumley: He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium and his own reputation as one of the most renowned psychitriats in the world, but his interaction with Elwood and Harvey reveal an unexpected vulnerability. Major role
Elwood P. Dowd: The central character of the play, a friendly eccentric who spends his days and nights in the taverns of his unnamed town. Elwood’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six and a half-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well-mannered, friendly and kind. Veta’s younger brother. Major role
Judge Omar Gaffney: An old family friend of the Dowds, and the family’s lawyer… a little in love with Veta. Major role
Mr/Miss Johnson/Dumphy: Listed in the Cast of Characters as “a cateress,”/attendant at the Mental Hospital but dialog in the play is tagged “Maid.” Miss/Mr Johnson only appears briefly in the first act. Mr/Miss Dumphy appears various scenes the sanitarium. 2 roles in one.
Nurse Ruth Kelly: A sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who appears to have some sort of love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. Major role
E.J. Lofgren: a cab driver whose monologue about his/her sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. Featured role (one scene)
Dr. Lyman Sanderson: A young and highly qualified psychiatrist. Handpicked by Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is just as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on. Major role
Myrtle Mae Simmons: A young woman, the daughter of Veta (and Elwood’s niece). 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 – a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered. Major role
Veta Louise Simmons: Elwood’s Sister, she is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. She is concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her brother Elwood very much. She joins the play’s two opposing forces, logic and imagination. Major role
Wilson: A brute of a man, the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. Major role
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