WASHINGTON — Meet a man whose best friend is a seven-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit!
Elwood P. Dowd (played by Washington Community High School junior WillCrouch) is a good-natured, eccentric fellow who confounds his family and neighbors by conversing with his constant, companion — his (only-he-can-see) rabbit-friend Harvey.
A ticket to the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey, presented by WCHS actors in the Five Points auditorium March 9 and 10, will introduce you to Elwood’s delightful world and to the curious community that just can’t comprehend what’s going on with Elwood.
“Harvey is a delightful classic comedy by Mary Chase,” said faculty director Lisa Stout, who also teaches English and speech at WCHS. “Elwood’s best friend is a Pooka — a seven-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit. This is much to the consternation of Elwood’s sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae — a couple of social climbers who decide to get Elwood committed lest he ruin Myrtle Mae’s chances in society.”
Senior Noah Frye plays E.J. Lofgren, the cab driver who transports patients to get injections.
“It is a very funny play,” Noah said. “It is a little confusing, because you don’t see the rabbit. But you use your imagination to “see” the rabbit; you get to imagine what he looks like.”
The play’s script is challenging, according to Stout.
“I am so proud that the students have risen to the occasion with this very challenging script,” Stout said. “Because it is older, the dialogue is much more difficult to learn than dialogue in a more modern script.”
The play opened on Broadway in 1944, and in 1950, actor Jimmy Stewartstarred as Elwood in the movie adaptation. He won an Oscar nomination for his performance.
Josephine Hull’s performance as Stewart’s put-upon sister — a role she originated on Broadway — won her the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.
Tickets for Harvey are $5 for students and $7 for adults. They may be purchased at the door.
CAST LIST for “Harvey” by Mary Chase:
Myrtle Mae Simmons (Alana Nulty); Veta Louise Simmons (Ava Stovall); Elwood P. Dowd (Will Crouch); Miss Johnson (Taylor Miller); Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (Olivia Bennett); Nurse Kelly (Tess Howley); Duane Wilson (Chris Boyd); Dr. Sanderson (Matthew Sporrer); Dr. Chumley (Welby Matthews); Betty Chumley (Maggie Strubhar); Judge Omar Gaffney (Jacob Nemec); E.J. Lofgren (Noah Frey).
Party Guests/Hospital Workers: Elizabeth Hector, Ryann Pugh, Natalie Schnelle, Devon Moore, Grant Carey, Jacob Boyer.
Student directors: Ben Stevens and Harrison Brent.