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‘Harvey’ Closes 52nd Season Of The Putnam County Playhouse


Veta Louise Simmons (Kathi Elliott) is aghast as Mrs. Chauvenet (Karen Temple) is introduced to Harvey by her brother Elwood (Michael McClaine). (Courtesy Photo) Veta Louise Simmons (Kathi Elliott) is aghast as Mrs. Chauvenet (Karen Temple) is introduced to Harvey by her brother Elwood (Michael McClaine). (Courtesy Photo) The 52nd season of the Putnam County Playhouse (PCPH) will close with a production of “Harvey.” The comedy won the Pulitzer Prize in its first season on Broadway in 1944. The PCPH production will be held September 12-14 and September 19-21. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 765-653-5880. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m to 7 p.m.

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 six-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 being sponsored by Duke Energy.

For more information, visit the PCPH website: www.putnamcountyplayhouse.com.

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