'Harvey' opens this weekend in Raymond

In a rehearsal scene from "Harvey," Veta Louise (played by Liz McCollum, left) and her daughter Myrtle May (played by Brenda Crummet, right) try to calm down Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (played by Colleen Cohern, center).

RAYMOND - Anyone in the Raymond area this next weekend should be on the lookout for a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit wearing a fedora. "Harvey" by Mary Chase opens with a grand champagne opening on Friday, May 8.

When Elwood P. Dowd (played by Andy Mullen) starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta (played by Liz McCollum), 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 (played by Brenda Crummett), and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy and is committed instead. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe living with Harvey isn't so bad after all.

Completing the cast are Curt Harris as Dr. William Chumley, head of a psychiatric hospital; Mike Williams as Dr. Lyman Sanderson; Gracie Manlow as Nurse Ruth Kelly; Russ Wiitala as Duane Wilson, the orderly; Geoff Schiller as Judge Omar Gaffney; Heidi Stonebraker as Mrs. Chumley; Colleen Cohern as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet; Sindy Theofelis as Miss Johnson, the maid; and Kelly Rockett as E. J. Lofgren, a cab driver.

The play is directed by Lisa Mullen and Assistant Director Heidi Stonebraker.

Performances continue for two weekends: Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m.; then again on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone's Video and More in Raymond and at the door, if available, one-half hour before performance.

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