Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 17, 2013

'Harvey' closes Putnam County Playhouse season


Westside Flyer

---- — GREENCASTLE — Putnam County Playhouse’s 52nd season closes with a production of “Harvey.” The comedy won the Pulitzer Prize in its first season on Broadway in 1944.

The PCPH production is Sept. 19-21. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 653-5880. The box office is open 5-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The play is being directed by Jim Rambo. Serving as assistant and technical director is Bryan Schroeder. Set design and painting is by Linda Gjesvold. Production stage manager is Eva Huang.

Michael McClaine has the leading role of Elwood P. Dowd. He believes he has a best friend in a 6-foot tall rabbit he has named Harvey. His friend is visible to him, but invisible to everyone else. His sister Veta Louise Simmons (Kathi Elliott) and her daughter Myrtle Mae (Jerica Bean) are both appalled at Elwood’s insistence that Harvey share their home.

Veta is convinced by family friend Judge Omar Gaffney (Jim Elliott) that Elwood should be put away. She chooses the sanitarium run by Dr. Chumley (Don Collins), who has his own problems with his assistant Dr. Sanderson (Dustin Bond) and his nurse Miss Kelly (Sarah Bond).

Playing other characters in the play are Karen Temple, David Roberts, Sandi Rossok, Cheyanne Elliott, and Alan Zerkel. Shelly McFadden and Marilyn Burdsall are heard as featured performers at a party in the first scene.

Also working on the production side of Harvey are Brenda McClaine, Diana Van Middlesworth, and Ruth Poor.

“Harvey” is sponsored by Duke Energy.