Central Theatre takes on ‘Harvey’


STANDISH –– The Standish-Sterling Central Theatre is preparing for its final production of the year, ‘Harvey.’

According to director Judy Harper, ‘Harvey’ is about a man named Elwood P. Dowd, who has an invisible friend (Harvey) in the form of a big white rabbit.

“His sister attempts to commit him and through a series of blunders almost is committed herself,” she said. “It takes a cab driver to reveal that Elwood is not as crazy as everyone thinks.”

“It’s a classic,” Harper said. “I directed it this past month at Bay City Players and decided it might be an enjoyable story to tell our community. It has appeal to the older generation as well, who might remember the movie version starring Jimmy Stewart.”

Harper said in this fast-paced world, this story reminds us of more gentle times, when people showed humility and basic kindness to others.

“It was written in 1944 and was meant as an escape from the realities of the war,” she said. “We want people to be entertained and take time to escape their hectic lives for a few hours.”

Harper said Eric Kroczaleski will be playing Elwood P. Dowd.

“Eric was selected because he embodies many of the qualities of this character and is skillful at playing eccentric characters,” she said. “The cast and crew utilize their talents to recreate a picture of the more carefree time period of the 1940s. They create a believable world to entertain and share their love of all that is theatrical with their audiences.”

‘Harvey’ runs Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

“We will have our Dessert Festival on Saturday for $10 (includes admission to play and delicious treats at intermission),” Harper said. “Tickets may be purchased at the door. Dessert Festival tickets are available from any Central Theatre member or by calling me at the high school.”


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