SUBMITTED BY JUDY THOMPSON –
Just 4 Fun Players will be presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey, at Mena Mountain Resort on February 14, February 24 and March 3. Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey—a pooka, who is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit. Beginning as a Broadway play in the 40’s, it has been adapted to film and television many times. The best-known actors playing Elwood have been Jimmy Stewart in the 1950 movie and 1972 TV movie, and Jim Parsons a few years ago on Broadway.
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! What follows next makes for a hilarious yet thoughtful performance. The cast will consist of five female roles and six male roles. The females are:
Veta, a mature woman; Myrtle, a young woman; Aunt Ethel, an older woman; Nurse Kelly, a young woman; and Betty Chumley, a mature woman. The male roles are Elwood, a mature man; Sanitarium Attendant Wilson, young – mature man; Dr. Sanderson, younger man; Judge Gaffney, mature to older man; Dr. Chumley, mature to older man and taxi driver, mature to older man.
Auditions will be at Mena Mountain Resort on Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It is not necessary to have read the script prior to auditioning. However, copies of the script will be available at the front counter at Mena Mountain Resort for anyone wanting to read the script in advance. After the cast is named, there will be one read-through at which time scripts will be distributed. Rehearsals will not begin until early January. If there is a conflict with the audition times, call Judy Thompson, director, at 479 216-7644.