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Broadway Players of FHS present ‘Harvey’

All retired citizens are invited to a special guest performance of the final dress preview and press review at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium.
Oct 03, 2013

The Putlitzer prize-winning comedy “Harvey” will be Fairfield High School’s fall play.

“The show is already under production for next week’s performance, and the cast is anxious, “ said Scott Slechta, director.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in the FHS Auditorium.

The box office opens one hour prior to curtain for ticket sales; the auditorium opens 30-minutes prior to curtain for seating.

Slechta said the play is a favorite of many people.

When Elwood P. Dowd, the main character, starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a 6.5-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey, also.The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion.

When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

The 12-member cast includes the following students: Joanna Funkhouser as maid and nurse; Alex Helmick as Dr. Chumley; Paige Holderbaum as Mrs. Chumley; Coren Hucke as Elwood Doud; Shado Iseman as Mrs. Chauvenet; Shea Malloy as Myrtle; Madison Nelson as Veta; Chance Nicely as Dr. Sanderson; Duncan Phipps as Judge; Nicolas Rich as Lofgren; Claudia Sloat as Nurse Kelly; and Evan Wood as Wilson.

The crew includes:

Student assistants — Rachel Biggs and Clara Kelley;

Set construction and design — Brandon Francisco and Wava Jarr, with Markia Aburaimova, Mikayli Cahill, Holly Harward, Meghan Rickles, Kyle Ruckman, Jessie Warner and Krystal Weirup;

Technicians for sound and lights — Brendan Schmitt, with Hannah Dettmann, Loreena Hucke and Jorge Whitley, under the direction of FHS teacher John Grunwald;

Costumes and props — Jaclyn Flinspach and Rachel Funkhouser, under the direction of FHS teacher Betsie Wotherspoon.

The crews have developed a two- location set: the Dowds’ living room and the sanitarium. The costumes are from the 1940s. The tech crew is working special lighting effects and managing 11 microphones along with various sound cues.

Slechta said “Harvey” was staged at FHS in 1990, and cast and crew members are invited to attend free of charge along with their guests courtesy of the Broadway Players of FHS. Those who plan to attend should contact Slechta at scott.slechta@fairfieldsfuture.org.

The 1990 cast included: Cheryl Kurtz as maid and nurse; Russ Cooper as Dr. Chumley; Jennie Hill as Mrs. Chumley; Josh Ballard as Elwood Doud; Reesa Stanley as Mrs. Chauvenet; Jill Ferrell as Myrtle; Courtney Koch as Veta; Chris Rogers as Dr. Sanderson; Jason Glass as Judge; Jeff Niemanas Lofgren; Kelley Grinstead as Nurse Kelly; and Pete Adam as Wilson.

The crew for the 1990 show included:

Set construction design — Pete Adam, Ryan Channel, Dan Clemmons, Russ Cooper, Kelley Grinstead, Greg Roeman;

Make up — Lori Brown, Genelle Genkinger, Kara Huff, Cathy Leyden, Jenn Lord, Jennifer Messenger, Veronica Proksch, Emily Reiff, Carrie Richardson; Costumes — Laura Cline, Gina Hanson, Tiffany Melchers;

Lights and sound — Michelle Burnett, Blake Davis, Randy Danielson, Carrie Durst, Chris Johnston, Sean Nelson, Mark Pickering, Nathan Smith; and

Public relations — Stephany Cloke, Jill Parker, Sara Phipps and Chris Roe.

All retired citizens are invited to a special guest performance of the final dress preview and press review at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium.


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