"Harvey" is at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Truman High School, 3301 S. Noland Road. Admission is $6 in advance and $7 at the door.

 

Curtis Wolfe smiles as he recalls his favorite scene in Truman High School’s production of “Harvey.”   “I get to scream and scream loud on stage,” said the Truman High School senior who is playing Dr. Sanderson. “The scene really turns into a big argument between me and another character. It is a lot of fun.”   “Harvey” follows the story of Ellwood P. Dowd, whose best friend happens to be a six-foot tall white rabbit – a rabbit only he can see. His sister, who is among the high society members of Denver, Colo., is embarrassed and tries to get Ellwood committed to a mental hospital. However, in her quest, she herself becomes committed, and what follows is a change reaction that leads to a case of mistaken identity.
The Pulitzer-Prize winning play also became a movie in 1950 with James Stewart playing the role of well-mannered Elwood P. Dowd. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards including one for Stewart’s portrayal.   The play is at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Truman High School, 3301 S. Noland Road. Admission is $6 in advance and $7 at the door.   Director Ron Meyer said he is pleased with the students’ progress and feels they are “ready for an audience.”   “The play really pokes fun at psychiatry,” he said. “It deals a lot with what is truly reality. The playwright once suggested that we create our own reality for protection. The true question is if that is our reality and it is not hurting anyone, then why should it matter?”   Junior Dillon Amaya plays Duane Wilson, a sanitarium orderly who is basically the “muscle.” Amaya describes Duane as a “stupid meat head” who simply wants to impress his boss. The character’s goofiness is one of the reasons Amaya said he has been having so much fun playing the role.   “He is goofy and off the wall. He is really one of the few characters that can be crazy, but still be O.K. within the scope of the play,” he said. “This play might not be visually funny, but it is word funny. I think if the audience pays attention to the lines, they will find is as hilarious as we do.”   Sophomore Tanya Sapp plays Myrtle Mae, Ellwood’s socially challenged niece. Sapp said her biggest challenge has been learning how to come out of her shell on stage, especially when it comes to flirting with Amaya’s character, Duane Wilson.   “I really have to step out of my comfort zone. But the best part is when I am on stage, I really feel like myself,” she said. “I love the message ‘Harvey’ sends. Just because someone may be a little off, doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with him. There is also a line in the play, ‘one can’t have too many friends.’ I think that hits home. We should always remember never to look down on somebody else just because they are different.”   +++++ “Harvey” by Mary Chase  7 p.m. today, Friday at Saturday at Truman High School, 3301 S. Noland Road. Admission $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Directed by: Ron Meyer
Cast List –

Myrtle Mae Simmons: Tanya Sapp
Veta Louise Simmons: Brittany May
Elwood P. Dowd: Jacob Garr
Ethel Chauvenet: Dana Masters
Ruth Kelly: Jennifer Young-Powell
Duane Wilson: Dillon Amaya
Dr. Lyman Sanderson: Curtis Wolfe
Dr. William Chumley: Taylor Comstock
Betty Chumley: Rachel Maday
Judge Omar Gaffney: Spencer Wilson
E.J. Lofgren: David Blosser
Miss Johnson: Katelyn Cook