The Belfast Maskers will hold open auditions for its production of “Harvey” Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Those interested in learning more about the classic comedy are invited to an informal read-though Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m., also at the library.

Affable Elwood P. Dowd has many friends, but one friend in particular might cause him trouble: a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. Could this be a product of mental illness, Elwood’s propensity for drinking or is it the mischievous “pookah” of Celtic mythology that Elwood describes – to the consternation of his high-society family and friends?

Mary Chase’s beloved, Pulitzer-prize winning play answers these questions for some, while others find that the distinction is really not that important. Whatever they take away from it, audiences and critics have found the play to be funny, compelling and thought-provoking fro decades.

Alterations may be made regarding age, but the roles to be cast are: two female leads in their 60s; one leading male in his 40s; and several supporting males and females of varying ages. Auditions will consist of reading excerpts from the play, but interested performers may wish to bring other material such as head shots or resumés. People interested in volunteering for technical roles are also welcome to attend.

“Harvey” will be directed by Angela Bonacasa.  A Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, Bonacasa has worked across the country as a stage combat teacher and fight director. She made her directorial debut with Belfast Maskers in last fall’s successful thriller “Mousetrap.”

“Harvey” will preview Thursday, April 29 at Belfast Maskers Waterfront Theater, 43 Front St., and run Thursdays through Sundays through May 9. For more information, call Aynne Ames at 338-9836, send e-mail to maskers@roadrunner.com or visit belfastmaskers.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.