Announcing auditions for the SPOTLIGHT Production of Mary Chase’s Harvey

Harvey, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Chase, debuted on Broadway in 1944 and ran for an impressive 1777 performances.  It was then made into a hit film starring the legendary Jimmy Stewart.   The play centers around Elwood P. Dowd, his sister Veta, her daughter Myrtle Mae, and of course Elwood’s best friend – the 6’ 31/2” rabbit, Harvey.  Is Elwood crazy, or is he the sanest one of all?

Director: Lesley Warren

Lesley Gray Warren, a theatre instructor at Jefferson State Community College and Spotlight Program Coordinator for CEPA, will lead adult acting classes in July and August at CEPA in Pell City.

When:  Aug. 26 at 10pam, Aug. 28 at 4pm. 

Where: The CEPA stage.  25 Williamson Dr.  Pell City, AL  35125

Rehearsals: Begin around Sept. 5, 2017.  Specific dates and times will be determined after casting.

Performances: October 27-29, 2017

What to prepare: Familiarity of the play.

The auditions will be cold readings from the script.

For more information, contact Lesley Warren or Jeff Thompson at (205) 338-1974 or email or


Myrtle Mae Simmons (early to mid-twenties): The daughter of Veta Simmons, Myrtle Mae is still unmarried, a source of concern to her mother.

Veta Simmons (45 to 60): Myrtle Mae’s mother and Elwood’s sister, Veta considers herself a member of the “better society” of their small town and is a member of the Wednesday Forum, a social club for the ladies of the town. She is, however, slightly embarrassed by her brother.

Elwood P. Dowd (40 to 55): Veta’s brother, Elwood is and owns the family home he lives in with Myrtle and Veta. He is pleasant, loveable, and a friend to everyone. He enjoys his visits to the neighborhood bar, but is by no means a drunk.

Miss/Mr. Johnson (any age or gender): The maid.  A very small role for someone who wants to be on stage, but doesn’t have much time to devote to rehearsals.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (45 to 70): Mrs. Chauvenet is wealthy and a member of the Wednesday Forum. She also has a marriageable grandson about Myrtle’s age.

Ruth Kelly, R.N. (20 to 35):  Ruth is the head nurse at Chumley’s Rest, a sanitarium for mental patients.  Very attractive and flirtatious, if a bit dim.

Duane Wilson (25 to 50): Large and intimidating. Duane is the sanitarium’s attendant and a strong arm. He admires Dr. Chumley, perhaps excessively.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson (25 to 35): A young doctor of psychiatry, Dr. Sanderson is quite attractive and has caught Ruth’s eye.  Intelligent and friendly.

Dr. William R. Chumley (50 to 80): Dr. Chumley is the head of Chumley’s Rest. He is a confident, sometimes pompous, man.

Betty Chumley (45 to 80): Dr. Chumley’s wife, Mrs. Chumley is a lovely, friendly woman who is eager to please.

Judge Omar Gaffney (50 to 80): Judge Gaffney represents the estate of Veta and Elwood’s late mother.  A staunch, straight-talking man.

E.J. Lofgren (35 to 65): An ultimately wise cab driver who can be a little rough around the edges.





SPOTLIGHT is an all-ages community theater project by Jefferson State Community College The Center for Education and Performing Arts. This project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and through partnerships with the Pell City and St. Clair County School Boards.



The Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) is embarking on a powerful partnership in Calendar Year 2017. We believe will have a broad impact on the residents of St. Clair County.


SPOTLIGHT  will serve as the banner organization for CEPA to expand drama education in the schools and community at-large. Our mission is to unify the as much of the county as desires underneath this title and thereby readily share information and resources.

CEPA has initially partnered with Jefferson State Community College – St. Clair Campus for the program’s launch. Together, we have created a dual enrollment course for Theater Appreciation, a sought after class that will transfer readily to major schools. We have invited the students at all area high schools to participate.

The primary goal of SPOTLIGHT  is the creation of a theater program at Jeff State and a county-wide, all-ages community theater program through CEPA. In order to accomplish this, we are developing individual SPOTLIGHT  chapters in St. Clair County Communities.

By combining the efforts of these organizations with support from other community partners, we hope to create an opportunity for St. Clair County and surrounding residents of all ages to participate in community or professional theater programs without traveling to neighboring metro areas. Our goal is to expand educational opportunities, raise tourism revenue through an increased number of cultural performances and reduce escape of local dollars in this area.

We intend to use this platform as a base for expansion into all-ages drama classes, improvisational programs, theater tech educational programs and more as resources become available in an effort to further capture all in St. Clair County who might be interested in contributing or participating in enhancing culture in their community.


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