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Harvey (Expired)

Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey – a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. 

When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister Veta Louise and her outraged daughter, Myrtle Mae, decide to commit Elwood to a sanatorium. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy and is committed instead of Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins. When Elwood shows up at the sanatorium looking for Harvey it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the last minute does Veta realise she prefers life with Harvey than without. 

This comedy requires actors with excellent comic timing, physical agility, and a resolute commitment to having lines learnt early because the best comedy only comes when the books are out of your hands! 


21 November, doors open from 7.30pm to commence at 8pm

Please prepare a short (no more than 2 minute) monologue in an American accent. No need to learn the lines but be familiar with the text please. We will also work from the script.

I recommend you read the script before the audition to prepare as it is not the easiest script to follow (given the titular character is invisible).

Please remember ages are indicative only and relative to each other. IMPORTANT I am very happy to be convinced you are the right person for the role regardless of your own age! 


Myrtle Mae Simmons (18 – 22)

Elwood’s niece. Myrtle Mae is a well-mannered young lady keen to build her social standing and find a husband. 

Veta Louise Simmons (40+)

Elwood’s sister. Believes herself to be ‘long suffering’ in terms of living with Elwood and Harvey, and at the beginning of the play reaches the end of her tether making the decision to have Elwood committed. 

Elwood P. Dowd (45+)

A man about 47 years old with a dignified bearing and a dreamy expression in his eyes.  

Mrs Ethel Chauvenet (60+)

Elwood’s Aunt – she is that bosomy, know it all, dressed with the casual sumptuousness of a wealthy Western society woman in silver, gold, plush and mink even though it is a spring day. 

Ruth Kelly R.N. (23+)

Ruth, Head nurse at Chumley’s Rest, is a very pretty young woman of about twenty-four. 

Duane Wilson (25+)

He is the sanatorium orderly who comes across as more of a ‘strongarm’. A burly attendant who is not the ‘sharpest tool in the shed’ and who takes his work very seriously. He is also very impressed by Dr Chumley. 

Lyman Sanderson M.D. (26+)

Sanderson is a good looking young doctor of about 27.

William R. Chumley M.D. (55+)

Owner and chief doctor at the Sanatorium. An older handsome man of about 57. He is very well groomed and smartly dressed. 

Betty Chumley (50+)

Dr Chumley’s wife. Betty is a good natured, friendly woman with a bustling way about her.

Judge Omar Gaffney (60+)

An elderly gentlemen who gets caught up in all the craziness much to his distaste.

E.J. Lofgren (45+)

A very wise taxi driver. 

If you would like a copy of the script or have any questions please contact me on 0402 645 808 or email 

FYI – Rehearsals

The intention is to audition 21 November, have a reading, possibly a basic blocking rehearsal and then send the cast away to learn lines over the summer break with rehearsals commencing in earnest at the end of January early February 2017.

Thanks, Meredith


Tuesday 21 November, 2017
Tuesday 21 November, 2017

New South Wales, Sydney