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Harvey

HarveyOctober 21-November 8
By Mary Chase
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists' Play Service, Inc.
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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, 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. Originally produced on Broadway in 1944, this Pulitzer Prize winner ran for 1,775 performances and was adapted into a classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.  A revival of the show starring Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” fame opened in 2012 and ran for the duration of the summer.

 


 

 

Scenes
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Harvey Press Release
Read a Preview of Harvey by Frank Ramirez

Amish Acres



Harvey
Archive Photographs






A Note from the Director…


Good Evening, Mr. Dowd...

Jeremy Littlejohn

I have loved Harvey ever since I first saw the film adaptation as a teenager. Jimmy Stewart was my absolute favorite “Hollywood” actor growing up, so I knew I would love it, but it wasn’t until several years later that I discovered it was an adaptation of a play. Naturally, this drew me to it even more!  In my experience, there are certain plays and musicals that are perfectly written.  Harvey is the quintessential example of that concept.  Everything a director could possibly need is stored within Mary Chase’s text.  My duty in this instance was to get out of the story’s way, and allow it to weave its magic on the audience.  I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a more interesting character study than Elwood P. Dowd.  That being said, his outlook on life and the message he conveys to those around him does bear a striking resemblance to another complex character Travis Smith has tackled for us this season…Jesus!  He spreads joy and happiness everywhere he goes, “every day” human beings are drawn to him, and compelled to unburden themselves during what he describes as “golden moments.”  Putting this show together has certainly proved to be a “golden moment” for me.  It has been nearly impossible not to walk around rehearsal with a huge grin on my face, because I am having so much fun.  Huge thanks to the Cast and Crew for all of their hard work, and dedication to making my dream come true.  I hope you will all enjoy this production as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Jeremy Littlejohn

 



Harvey Cast

 
   

Myrtle Mae Simmons

Elsa Scott

Veta Louise Simmons

Rita Kurtz

Elwood P. Dowd

Travis Smith

Miss Johnson

Pam Gunterman

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet

MoMo Lamping

Ruth Kelly, R.N.

Katherine Yacko

Duane Wilson

Tucker Curtis

Lyman Sanderson, M.D.

Ryan A. Schisler

William R. Chumley, M.D.

Charles Burr

Betty Chumley

Pam Gunterman

Judge Omar Gaffney

T.J. Besler

E.J. Lofgren

Travis Bird

 

Harvey Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

Jeremy Littlejohn

Production Stage Manager

Timothy James

Technical Director

Tom Slavey

ASM / Sound

Bradley M. Waelbroeck

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

Timothy James

Portrait

Susan Long

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones

 

Time & Place: The action of the play takes place in a city in the Far West, in the library of the old Dowd family mansion, and the reception room of Chumley’s Rest.



Scenes

Act I

 

Scene 1 The library, late afternoon

 

Scene 2 Chumley's Rest, an hour later

 

   

Act II

 

Scene 1 The library, an hour later

 

Scene 2 Chumley's Rest, four hours later

 

Scene 3 Chumley's Rest, a few minutes later

 




Harvey Cast Bios

T.J. BeslerT.J. Besler
(Judge Gaffney) comes to you from the small town of Manchester, Iowa.  Having received the actor bug at the young age of six there has never been anything else he can imagine himself doing.  After attending the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in theatre as well as minors in dance and music, Besler continued to pursue his dream; performing all over the country, including N.Y.C., Los Angeles, Birmingham, and Nashville, among many others.  Some of his favorite roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Seymour Krelborne in Little Shop of Horrors, and Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl.  He would like to thank all those who have and continue to love and support him, especially his sister Tanya, without whom he would not be where or who he is today. 
Enjoy the show!


Travis Bird
Travis Bird (E.J. Lofgren) is blessed and excited to be returning for his second season at the Round Barn Theatre. Last year, he played Cowboy Bob in Footloose, Jaxson in Steeple People, Jacob (Papa) Yoder in Plain and Fancy, and many other fun characters throughout the season.  Travis is a native of Decatur, and holds a BFM in Voice performance at Ball Sate University. His other theatre credits include Mr. Angel in The Impressario, Don Octave in The Stoned Guest, and Jesus in Godspell.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family, friends and colleagues who have supported me throughout my journey!


Charles BurrCharles Burr (Dr. Chumley) is the Artistic Director of the Tibbits Summer Theatre in Coldwater Michigan.  He has directed 85 productions there in his 33 seasons.  He still acts, playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan this summer.  He directed the Round Barn’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank last season and is pleased to be on the other side of the footlights with Harvey.




Tucker CurtisTucker Curtis (Wilson) is an actor and director originally from the wilds of New England.  He has performed all over the East half of the country, most notably Memphis, Atlanta, and Chicago.  He is the creator and founding member of ThinkProv, an award-winning performance group where patience equals perfection.  Thanks to Jeremy and the cast and crew for making him feel so welcome and dealing with his crazy schedule, Heidi for being the best thing that ever happened to a lug like him, and you for supporting theatrical endeavors like this.  Enjoy!




Pam GuntermanPam Gunterman (Betty Chumley) is delighted to be back at RBT again this season.  She was last seen on the RBT stage in 2014 as Emma in Plain and Fancy and Lulu in Footloose.  Pam resides just down the road in Bremen with her husband of 35 years, Tony.  Pam is grateful to Tony for his continued love and support and to God for life and its endless possibilities.
Thanks to Jeremy for this opportunity, and to all those who enjoy the wonder of live theatre!


Rita KurtzRita Kurtz (Veta Louise Simmons) was born and raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, and currently lives in Granger, IN. She has a bachelor degree in Mathematics, master degree in Secondary Education. She's been acting, singing, and working backstage everywhere from church basements to Lincoln Center. Rita was last seen as Martha Brewster in The Round Barn Theatre's production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Other RBT credits include Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Our Town, Lost in Yonkers, and Steel Magnolias.
Thank you, Doug, Joe, & Liz, for your constant support and love! Hope this show gives you a giggle or two!


MoMo LampingMoMo Lamping (Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet) hailing from Fort Wayne, MoMo is so excited to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut this season! Some of her favorite previous credits include Sylvia (Kate), Oliver (Widow Corney), Into The Woods (Stepmother), and Love Loss and What I Wore (Rosie track).
A huge, gigantic thank you to my family for being my ever-present cheering section!!!   





Elsa ScottElsa Scott (Myrtle Mae) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Harvey!  Elsa is originally from Kahoka, Missouri, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.  She has performed regionally in Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, New Jersey, Texas and Alaska as well as Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway in NYC.  Elsa would like to thank her family and friends who provide her with unfailing support no matter how far from home she may wander.
www.elsascott.com

Ryan A. Schisler Ryan A. Schisler (Dr. Sanderson) is very excited to be returning to the Round Barn stage for another terrific season!  He is a graduate of Murray State University in KY, where he studied Theatre & Television Production.  You may have seen Ryan as the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors or Rev. Shaw Moore in Footloose last season.  He was recently in Minnesota working for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre playing The Huntsman in Snow White.
I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and continuous support.



Amish AcresTravis Smith
(Elwood P. Dowd) is thankful to be back for his 6th season here at Amish Acres. Not only has he music directed practically every show in the last 6 years, but he has also been seen as a performer. Favorite roles include Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. He is also a composer and arranger having written many shows through out the last few years including Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy which made its debut at Amish Acres. Many of the children's shows he has written and collaborated on are seen and even performed by thousands of kids every year.
For more info please visit www.travis-smith.com. Thank you for supporting live theatre!!


Katherine YackoKatherine Yacko (Nurse Kelly) is absolutely tickled to be joining The Round Barn Theatre for their fall season! An Arkansas native, Katherine graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Acting. Since graduation, she has performed in over 30 professional productions for 10 different regional, repertory, and children's theatre companies -- travelling & sharing her laughter coast-to-coast! Some of her favorite productions include The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Theatre West Virginia), The 25th Annual... (Logainne, Wayside Theatre), A Christmas Carol (OKC Rep, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Wayside), Twelfth Night (Maria, OCU), and Hairspray (Penny, Murry's Dinner Playhouse). Thanks to her supportive family, Jeremy for this opportunity, her phenomenal fellow artists at RBT, and to you...who continue to support the magic of live theatre! 
www.katherineyacko.com

 

Harvey Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the 2015 season.  She has been involved in theater (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theater research) from Ashford University.  Amber has formerly worked as a costume designer with the Cincinnati Costume Company, Top Hat Productions (Marshall, MI), Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Little Theater (Jamestown, ND), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), LaMoure County Theater (ND), and The Joseph Jefferson Playmakers (Jamestown, ND).  She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother Jan Christopherson, and was taught dress making by her aunts Betsy Davis and Susan Ely.  When not at work she enjoys quilting, running, writing, and reading. To view a portforlio, or inquire about costume rentals, visit www.amberburgess.com.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains in Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the SunThe MisanthropeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek the Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving a supportive family, and without them he would not be here today. 
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana, and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997.  Since becoming Artistic Director in 2007, he has supervised over sixty productions in seven seasons.  Some of his recent favorites include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair, Driving Miss Daisy, Nunsense A-Men, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and Doubt.  Jeremy created the Second Stage Series located down the hall in the Locke Township Meeting House.  The program brought plays to Amish Acres for the first time in 2004 and recently added musicals to its repertoire in 2014.  He also enjoys working on the Theater for Young Audience series, and he has shed light on more than thirty RBT productions.  He loves his lady, his family, his kitty, and he is so pleased to be spending another season in Nappanee! 

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music. While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County. He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start his own.

Bradley M. Waelbroeck (Sound) recently graduated from University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. He has been involved in theatre at various capacities both onstage and backstage. He was recently Assistant Stage Manager for The Wedding Singer at University of Memphis. He has also been seen onstage as Young Katurian in The Pillowman, Chip Tolentino in 25th...Spelling Bee, and in Chess as Ensemble.

 

 

amish acresHarvey
Theme Dinner: October 23

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
Amish Acres




Pulitzer Prize Winning Menu


Soup

Rabbit Stew

Appetizers

Brochetta with Heirloom Tomatoes

Salad

Rabbit Food

Bread

Hot Cross Buns

Entrees
Rib Eye Steak Garlic & Lemon Chicken

Pasta

Macaroni and Cheese

Vegetables

Wilted Spinach
Souchatach

Desserts

Carmelized Banana Pudding Apple Walnut Cake
Blueberry Pie
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages

Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)
Round Barn Wines (extra charge)