Wm. Penn Theatre Presents ‘Harvey’

'Harvey' is being performed by the William Penn Theatre Department.

‘Harvey’ is being performed by the William Penn Theatre Department.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – William Penn University Theatre Department is now performing ‘Harvey’. The first performace was Thursday night, but two performances remain, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm at George Daily Auditorium.

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister Vera has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate and decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. Hijinks ensue in this classic comedy! This performance is general admission with a free-will donation.

Andy McGuire, with George Daily Auditorium, is making his William Penn directorial debut.

The 14 member team includes 12 cast members. “One of the great things about the show is our cast is just as involved in the technical side of things as they have been in the acting side of things,” McGuire said. The cast has been busy helping to build the set, paint and locate props for the production. “And then they’ve learned all their lines and they’ve brought their characters to life on stage.”

Casting started about 8 weeks ago, with rehearsals starting on January 27th.

For McGuire, ‘Harvey’ is one of his favorite plays, and movie, which starred James Stewart. “I’m really happy that the number one play for me here is one of my favorites.”

The show, if rated as a movie, would be PG to PG-13. “It’s pretty family friendly,” McGuire said. “It’s a three act play.” That puts the play at approximately 2 hours in length.

The show is free to attend, but donations are accepted. Once again, there are two remaining performances this Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm in the George Daily Auditorium.

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