The cast of Harvey: Seated - Bill Harris, Ron Huibregtse, Heather Hays, Curt Swartzlander;
Standing - Rick Ragan, Carolyn Green, Kerry Hays, Colleen Shogren, Nick Roster
Harvey is a 1950 comedy that starred Jimmy Stewart; it is based on Mary Chase's play of the same name. The story is about a man whose best friend is named Harvey--a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit. Luckily for us, the Holiday Island Theatre Guild is presenting Harvey on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at the Holiday Island clubhouse ballroom.
Why are we lucky? For at least two reasons:
First, like so many of the cultural organizations at Holiday Island, the Theatre Guild is comprised of extraordinarily talented people who have reliably entertained us for many years. Harvey, with a cast of twelve members (who you'll recognize from past performances) is no exception: the play is a reliable old comedic warhorse and tailored made for the Theater Guild's talented amateur players.
Second, Jimmy Stewart's unforgettable depiction of the main character, Elwood P. Dowd, was so joyously and competently rendered that viewers of the film can recite line after line from it. Here are just three;
"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
"I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I'm with."
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
Harvey is directed by Elise Buchman. Tickets ($10.00) are available from any cast member, or by calling 479-253-5622 or 479-253-7232