Webster City Community Theatre's production of the classic comedy, "Harvey" opens April 20 for a six-show run. Performances are slated for April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. The only Sunday matinee for this show is on April 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale on Saturday. All tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 832-4456 or online at www.wcctonline.org; or stop by the box office between 5 and 7 p.m. weeknights and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The theatre is located at 1001 Willson Ave.
The play revolves around Elwood P. Dowd and his closest friend, a big white rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood starts to introduce his imaginary friend to guests at his sister's society party, she has had enough of his eccentric behavior. Veta decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family any future embarrassment.
-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Carrie Olson
Elwood P. Dowd, played by Dale Arends, adjusts Harvey’s tie while his sister throws a party at their house. Harvey is a big white rabbit — which no one, besides Dowd, can see.
Problems arise when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be the one who should be committed. When the truth comes out, the search is on for the mild-mannered Elwood and Harvey. That pooka has a strange influence on the sanitarium staff: the Drs. Chumley and Sanderson and Nurse Kelly. Only when Elwood is about to receive an injection to make him a "perfectly normal human being" does Veta realize that she would rather have him the way he's always been.
The cast includes Dale Arends as Elwood P. Dowd; Loween Getter as Veta Simmons; Susan Leman as Myrte Mae Simmons; Dr. Mark Andrew as Dr. Chumley; Jordan LeClere as Dr. Sanderson; Carrie Olson as Nurse Kelly; Don Zompa as Judge Gaffney; Mike Hay as Mr. Wilson, the orderly; Mary Sealine as Mrs. Chumley; Sharon Helm as Mrs. Chauvenet; Deane Hay as Miss Johnson, the maid; and Nathan Roe as the cab driver.
The play is directed by Angela Rottering and Sue Heerema; Bill Greenley is the producer. The crew includes Wil Groves, tech director and stage managers Laraine Crawford and Doug Getter.