Auditions will be held starting this weekend for roles in the upcoming production by the St. Marys Community Players (SMCP) of the Mary Chase comedy “Harvey.”
Set in 1944 in Denver, Colorado, Harvey is a lighthearted comedy featuring a mischievous invisible rabbit who frolics around the stage throughout the evening. Elwood P. Dowd is a magnetic man who keeps the whole town smiling and Veta, Elwood’s sister, is becoming undone by her brother’s relationship with the invisible Harvey. She decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium to spare the family any further embarrassment.
However, the easily flustered Veta ends up being committed herself when she confesses that she too feels that she sometimes “sees” Harvey.
An animated cast of ensemble characters adds excitement, drama and humour to the play.
Harvey premiered on Broadway in late 1944, and closed its original run in early 1949 after 1,775 performances. James Stewart was among the actors portraying Elwood during that original run. Stewart again starred in a 1970 Broadway revival at the ANTA Theatre.
The SMCP production, which is slated for April 23 to May 3 at the Town Hall auditorium, is being directed by Aaron Kropf. The cast includes six females from ages late teens to over 60; and six males, ages late teens to over 50.
Auditions will be held at St. Marys United Church, 85 Church Street South in St. Marys, beginning on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2–4 p.m. Further auditions will be held on Monday, Jan. 12 from 7–9 p.m. And those who are requested call-backs will need to keep open Friday, Jan. 16 from 7–9 p.m.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script and a one-minute prepared piece.
For more information, call 519-301-6771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.