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June 14, 2011 > Auditions and a rabbit named 'Harvey'

Auditions and a rabbit named 'Harvey'

Submitted By Suzan Lorraine

For those of you who believe in second chances, here's a good one! Auditions for Harvey at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley have been extended due to a change in directors. Eric Hayes, currently Artistic Director at Danville's Role Players, has taken over the helm for this classic show and is holding auditions on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16. This is a classic comedy with a message and requires a cast of five women and six men.

Harvey is the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also). After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for mending a family's wounds and romance in unexpected places. In film and on stage, such greats as Jimmy Stewart, Art Carney and Harry Anderson have played Dowd.

A two-minute monologue is requested (not required) along with a cold read. Appointments are available but not required. Auditions begin at 7 pm. Bring a recent headshot, resume, and rehearsal conflicts, if any.

Show opens July 22 and runs every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 6 p.m. (to avoid the hottest part of the day). Rehearsals begin Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. and run Monday through Thursday.

For questions and appointments, contact Suzan Lorraine, Managing Director, at or call 925-429-1184. Information about Chanticleers Theatre and ticket sales is available at

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