Have you ever encountered a six-foot white rabbit, invisible to everyone but yourself?
Does this sound like the plot of a very funny story?
Well, the very funny story of “Harvey” was portrayed in a 1950 movie with Jimmy Stewart in the lead. The same story, still funny today, will be brought to the stage this weekend by Ashe County Little Theatre.
The story of Elwood P. Dowd (portrayed by Jimmy Stewart in the movie) and his invisible rabbit friend named Harvey will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson.
The play is directed by Jim Williams and produced by Linda Dreyer.
“Harvey tells the story of an affable man named Elwood P. Dowd (played by Ken Mullen) and his unseen to all but Elwood, presumably imaginary friend Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit,” said Dreyer.
“When Elwood starts to introduce Harvey to guests at a society party, his society-obsessed sister, Veta (played by Maureen Dintino), has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have Elwood committed to spare her daughter Myrtle Mae (Tyler Cloherty) and their family from future embarrassment. Comedy ensues when the folks at the sanitarium have Veta committed instead of Elwood.”
Other cast members of Harvey include: Bill Baker, Barry Aldridge, Melissa Caudill, Jeff Dreyer, Jan Gambill, Dayne Hodges, Connie Hardison, Les Miller and Edie Miller.
Tickets for Harvey are $12 for adults and $5 for students, now on sale at Ashe Arts Center. You can reserve yours by going by the arts center in West Jefferson or calling 846-ARTS.
For more information please call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336.846-ARTS.