Auditions Announced for HARVEY at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players and director Jerry Wiesenhahn announce auditions for our July, 2022 production of HARVEY by Mary Chase.

Audition Information:

Date/Time:

  • Saturday, February 6, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 7, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Mariemont Players, Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

Sign up for your audition timeslot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44afab2fa2fe3-harvey

Audition Requirements: Please bring a headshot and resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You may be requested to stay past your audition time to read with other auditionees.

Rehearsal times: Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, June 9th from 7-9:30pm and will occur every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (unless there are cast conflicts) until tech week.

Production Dates: Friday, July 8th-7:30pm, Saturday, July 9th-7:30pm, Sunday, July 10th-2pm, Thursday, July 14th, 7:30pm, Friday, July 15th, 7:30pm, Saturday, July 16th, 7:30pm, Sunday, July 17th, 2pm and 7:30pm, Thursday, July 21st, 7:30pm, Friday, July 22nd, 7:30pm, Saturday, July 23rd, 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, July 24th, 2pm

Synopsis: It’s the mid-1940s, and Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to take drastic measures.  Things don’t work out quite the way anyone expects, but maybe in the long run better than they could have hoped. This is a funny, warm, charming story about acceptance, believing in the good in others, and accepting that there is often more to some things than meets the eye.

The Characters in HARVEY

Elwood P. Dowd (Age 45-55) – a charming eccentric who’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, very friendly, and always assumes the best in people. He is Veta’s older brother.

Veta Louise Simmons (Age 45-55) – Elwood’s younger sister, she is intent on being a part of local fine society and landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae,  but is very concerned about how Elwood (and Harvey) might interfere with those.

Myrtle Mae Simmons (Age 25-35) – Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s Niece). She is exasperated by the obstacles that Elwood (and Harvey) present to her ability to fit into fine society, and by Veta’s inability to do anything about it.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Age 30-35) – a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity.

Ruth Kelly (Age 25-35) – a young nurse at Chumley’s Rest who is very competent, but wants most of all to have Dr. Sanderson see her as more than a colleague.

Dr. William B. Chumley (Age 50-65) – 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.

Duane Wilson (Age 30-50) – the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily.

Judge Omar Gaffney (Age 50-65) – an old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer. He is fiercely protective of Veta Louise and the family.

Betty Chumley – (Age 50 – 60) Dr Chumley’s wife; a pleasant, energetic woman.

E.J. Lofgren – (Age 30-60) Cab driver who’s seen it all and is a bit philosophical about it.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet – (Age 60-70) Local society juggernaut, from old money, accustomed to being accommodated and her opinion considered.

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