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“Harvey” Takes the Stage at KCKCC This Week

Kelly Rogge
Monday, November 11, 2013
College Advancement

The cast of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s production of “Harvey.”
The cast of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s production of “Harvey.”
The tale of a giant rabbit that only one man can see is coming to the Kansas City Kansas Community College stage.

“Harvey” by Mary Chase, is at 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in the performing arts center on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. There is also a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free to all KCKCC students, staff and faculty with valid identification.

“The students are doing a great job with the play. They are also getting a boost from KCKCC Math instructor, Paige Darby,” said Charles Leader, theater professor at KCKCC. “Paige, an accomplished actress in her own right, has wanted to get involved in our productions for years. Now that she is past the hard part of her dissertation work, she is able to. She plays Elwood P. Dowd’s sister, Veta, in the production and is just terrific.”

“Harvey” focuses on the main character, Elwood P. Dowd, who creates an invisible six-foot one-and-a-half inch pooka in the form of a rabbit named Harvey. When Dowd’s sister Veta tries to commit him to a sanitarium, she unwillingly becomes a patient herself. At the center of this well-known comedy is the almost magical relationship of Harvey and Elwood. A 1950 film starring James Stewart immortalized the tale of Dowd and Harvey on the big screen.

“I have appreciated the story of Harvey since I was a kid,” Leader said. “First, because it would be great to have a friend like Harvey who believes in you when others may not. In a world of disillusion, it is also great to have a pooka that you can believe in.”

The cast includes Sarah Daniel, Paige Darby, John Aldridge, Shantell Hall, Danielle Jefferson, Chris Donte Benson, Kenan Meadows, Thomas Crowder, Vicki Wendt, Adam Lillich and Michael Koon.

“People should come to see the production for a number of reasons,” Leader said. “It is always good to see something live in the theatre, and some people will want to reacquaint themselves with the story they remember from the Jimmy Stewart film. It may be a treat for their peers and our KCKCC audiences as well. And also, to see Harvey, of course.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to “Harvey,” call 913-288-7106.