'Harvey' comes to Rossford PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 November 2013 08:59
Elwood P. Dowd (performed by Andrew Sabovik) speaks to his invisible friend Harvey, a human-sized rabbit and figment of his imagination. The Rossford High School Drama Department will present “Harvey” Thursday through Nov. 17. Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
ROSSFORD - The high school drama club, under the direction of Julie Zatko and Ryan Mahaffey, will present the beloved Pulitzer Prize winning 1944 comedy, "Harvey" this month.
Production dates are Thursday through Nov. 17 on the Wilcox Stage in the RHS auditorium.
Nov. 14-16 performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17.
Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults.
Sophomore Andrew Sabovik stars as eccentric bachelor Elwood P. Dowd who claims to have an unseen friend Harvey, whom he describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall white rabbit.
His social-climbing sister, Veta Louise (senior Haley Peterson), finds his behavior embarrassing, especially when family friend Mrs. "Aunt" Ethel Chauvenet (junior Taylor Moore) visits. Veta Louise decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae (freshman Emily Williams) from future embarrassment.
When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. William Chumley (senior Brandon Goldsmith), his dim socialite wife Betty Chumley (junior Hannah Peterson), his young business partner, Dr. Lyman Sanderson (sophomore Danny Fox), along with Nurse Ruth Kelly (senior Stephanie Hiner) and brute orderly Duane Wilson (senior Trent Morelock).
Only just before Elwood is to be given medical injections that will make him depressed and catatonic, a cabdriver, E.F. Lofgren (sophomore Alex Santellana) observes the drastic changes he sees in people coming in and out of the sanitarium. Veta realizes that she'd rather have Elwood medicine free - carefree and kind - even if it means living with Harvey.
Also starring is freshman Lexi Rakovan as Miss Johnson.
Inspired by the Celtic folktales and urban legends told to her as a child by her four Irish uncles, playwright Mary Chase's "Harvey" debuted on Broadway in 1944, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, beating out Tennessee WIlliam's "The Glass Menagerie." It was the sixth longest running play in Broadway history.
"Harvey" is directed by Julie Zatko and Ryan Mahaffey with technical direction and design by Eddie Czubinski.

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