Phoenix Stage Company holding auditions


NAUGATUCK — The Phoenix Stage Company is holding auditions for its production of “Harvey,” Monday and Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The show centers around the character Elwood P. Dowd, his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, and his sister Veta. Show dates are in August.

All roles are open to audition. Auditions will be held at the stage company, 686 Rubber Ave. The company is seeking six men and five women for this production. Auditions will be readings from the script. For more information, call (203) 632-8546 or visit

A character break down is as follows:

ELWOOD P. DOWD – about 47 years old, with a dignified bearing, and a dreamy expression in his eyes; a true old-fashioned gentleman; his bearing is benign, but serious

VETA LOUISE SIMMONS – Elwood’s sister, middle-aged, loves her brother but wants the best for her daughter, who has yet to be introduced into society; slightly high-strung

MYRTLE MAE SIMMONS – Veta’s daughter, in her early 20s, not afraid to speak her mind about her uncle; shy around men

MRS. ETHEL CHAUVENET – is older than Veta, dressed with the casual sumptuousness of a society woman

RUTH KELLY, RN – head nurse at Chumley’s rest, a pretty woman in her 20s who is attracted to Dr. Sanderson; efficient

LYMAN SANDERSON, MD – good looking young man in his older 20s, quite sure of himself; is attracted to Ruth Kelly

DUANE WILSON – attendant at Chumley’s Rest; late 20s–early 30s; burly, somewhat rough around the edges

WILLIAM R. CHUMLEY, MD – handsome man of about 57, gray hair, wears glasses which he removes now and then to tap on his hand for emphasis; smartly dressed; manner is pompous, confident and lordly

BETTY CHUMLEY – Dr. Chumley’s wife, a good-natured woman, only slightly younger than the doctor; doesn’t want anything to upset her husband

JUDGE OMAR GAFFNEY – middle aged or elderly; strong quiet man who looks after the Dowd family’s affairs

E.J. LOFGREN – cab driver, any age, not necessarily well-educated, but notices things about people