Huntington University Theatre Co. to present 'Harvey'

FOR RELEASE
2009-01-22
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Company will present “Harvey” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5-6 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

When Elwood P. Dowd begins to introduce his imaginary friend, “Harvey,” a six-and-a-half-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.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for Huntington University students, and $9 for Huntington University faculty and staff. For tickets or more information, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261.


Elwood P. Dowd (Matthais Austin) introduces Harvey, an invisible rabbit, to Mrs. Chauvenet (Cassie Manshiem), at a party given by his sister, Veta Louise Simmons (Alicia Bonham), intended to help Veta (back right) and her daughter, Myrtle Mae Simmons (Cassandra Quinn), get back into society.
The production is directed by Mike Slane, assistant professor of theatre. “Harvey” was written in 1944 by Mary Chase, an American playwright and screenwriter, and it became a hit on stage and on screen.

Cast (in order of appearance)

Myrtle Mae Simmons: Cassandra Quinn-Dyar, a senior theatre performance and sociology double major from Bedford, Ind.

Veta Louise Simmons: Alicia Bonham, a junior theatre performance major from Upland, Ind.

Elwood P. Dowd: Matthias Austin, a junior theatre performance and political studies double major from Wheaton, Ill.

Miss Johnson: Lindsay Hoops, a sophomore theatre performance major from Leo, Ind.

Mrs. Chauvenet: Cassie Mansheim, a senior psychology major from Burnsville, Minn.

Nurse Ruth Kelly: Meagan Heffner, a freshman theatre performance major from Reading, Pa.

Duane Wilson: Glen Pearson, a sophomore theatre performance major from Naperville, Ind.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson: Miles Allen, a freshman digital media arts major from Roscoe, Ill.

Dr. William Chumley: Phil Black, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bettie Chumley: Kate Smith, a freshman theatre performance major from Centerville, Ohio

Judge Omar Gaffney: Nicholas Kight, a freshman public relations major from Greenwood, Ind.

E. J. Lofgren: Courtney Swenson, a sophomore theatre performance major from Landenberg, Pa.

Crew

Director: Mike Slane, assistant professor of theatre

Stage Manager: Matthew P. Kaestner, a junior theatre performance major from Kingston, Tenn.

Assistant Stage Manager: Lindsay Hoops, a sophomore theatre performance major from Leo, Ind.

Set Designer: Megan Thibodeaux of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Lighting Designer: Michael Metzdorf of Kokomo, Ind.

Costume Designer: Amber Freer, a junior English major from Huntington, Ind.

Sound Designer: Nathan Martin, a sophomore theatre design and technology major from Logansport, Ind.

Make-up Designer: Mary Russell, a sophomore theatre performance major from Columbia, Mo.

Hair Designer: Bethany Edlund, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Props Master: Samantha Freeman, a sophomore theatre performance major from Portland, Ind.

Master Electrician: Kendra Kendall, a freshman theatre design and technology major from Mount Vernon, Ind.

Crew Chief: Nathan Capriglione, a junior theatre design and technology major from Auburn, Ind.

Running Crew: Joel Stockton, a freshman theatre performance major from New Carlisle, Ind.; Angelica Potts, a freshman theatre education major from Francesville, Ind.; Courtney Kilander, a sophomore theatre performance major from Huntington, Ind.

House Manager: Andrew Edmonds, a junior theatre design and technology major from Beloit, Wis.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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