by Mary Chase

March 29 – April 15, 2023 | Mainstage | Thursday – Saturday | Rated: PG

The Grand Theatre announces auditions for Harvey, directed by Mark Fossen. Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2022, from 10:00AM-4:00PM.This season’s installment of our American Classic Series is fun family comedy with a lot heart. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey. When Elwood’s sister decides to have him committed, a comedy of errors ensues. The doctor mistakenly commits his sister instead of Elwood, and when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion!

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Audition Info

Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2022, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Harvey will be directed by Mark Fossen.

  • Please schedule an appointment.
  • Prior to your audition, please download, complete, and print the audition form to bring with you to your audition.
  • Please prepare a comic one minute monologue in the style of the show. Suggested authors include Kaufman & Hart, Phillip Barry, Thornton Wilder, Hecht & MacArthur, Clare Boothe Luce, and other comedy playwrights of the 30s and 40s.
  • Headshots and resumes are required.
  • Callbacks will be from 6:00PM-10:00PM on Monday, January 9, 2022 by invitation.
  • The show will run evenings at 7:30PM Wednesday- Saturday March 29 – April 1, 2023; Thursday – Saturday April 6 – 15, 2023 with Saturday matinee performances at 2:00PM on April 8 & 15, 2023.
  • Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, February 18, 2023 and will be held (apart from tech week) Monday – Friday from 6pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Auditions will be held in the East Conference Room of Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus, 1575 S State Street, Salt Lake City, 84115. Parking is available at no charge in the South-East parking lot off of 1700 South. Please enter on the east side of the building. All hired actors are paid via a stipend. The Grand Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We welcome all qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, color, gender, national origin or any other basis, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Character Breakdown

  • Veta Louise Simmons (Female, 40-55)
    • She’s returned to the family home and is looking for a suitable husband for her daughter, Myrtle. She does love her brother but as propriety collides with his behavior she becomes undone. Her actions drive the plot.
  • Nurse Ruth Kelly (Female, 22-30)
    • Ruth is head nurse at Chumley’s Rest, a sanitarium for mental patients.
  • Myrtle Mae Simmons (Female, 20-25)
    • The daughter of Veta Simmons, Myrtle Mae is in her early twenties and still unmarried, a source of concern to her mother.
  • Ethel Chauvenet (Female, 55-70)
    • The high-class Mrs. Chauvenet is an old friend of the Dowds. Member of the town’s elite circle that Vera desperately wants for Myrtle.
  • Betty Chumley (Female, 55-70)
    • Dr. Chumley’s kind, talkative wife. More concerned with socializing than science. She may have a loud, outrageous personality but she also trusts people very easily.
  • Miss Johnson (Female 30+)
    • Veta’s maid and confidant.
  • Elwood P. Dowd (Male, 40-55)
    • Eccentric bachelor with an invisible best friend, Harvey the Pooka. Elwood is charming, kind, friendly. Drinks a little. Innocent and childlike.
  • Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Male, 25-35)
    • Young, highly qualified psychiatrist. And he knows it. 
  • Wilson (Male, 25-70)
    • Orderly at the sanitarium. Physically Imposing. Responsible for handling unruly patients.
  • Dr. William B. Chumley (Male, 55-70)
    • Head of the sanitarium. An exacting man, he will go to any length to protect his sanitarium’s reputation.
  • Judge Omar Gaffney (Male, 55-70)
    • An old family friend of the Dowds. He is fiercely protective of the family.
  • Cab Driver/EJ Lofgren: (Male, 35+)
    • Cab driver Lofgren regularly takes patients to and from the sanitarium. Lofgren’s monologue is crucial to the play’s climax.

Some roles may be doubled.
All roles are open to all ethnicities.
All roles but Wilson are open to actors with physical disabilities.
All characters are written as cis and present as male/female but performers of all genders will be considered.

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How long is the rehearsal process?
Typically, rehearsals last about six weeks prior to opening. Due to the complexity of everyone’s schedules, rehearsals are reserved for evenings Monday through Fridays and Saturdays, during the day. Generally rehearsals are scheduled from 6:00-10:00PM weeknights, and 9:00AM-4:00PM on Saturdays.

Do I get paid?
Yes, we do offer stipends to all adult actors employed during a production. Children, under legal working age, do not receive monetary compensation, but usually receive discounted tickets for family members.

Do you hire Equity?
No, not generally. We are not an Equity Theatre, although, occasionally there is an Equity contract offered under special circumstances. However, Equity actors are always encouraged to audition, as you never know what will be offered.