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Harvey - Revival

May 31 - June 16 2019

Myrtle Mae Simmons - Ann Naumann (Richmond)
Veta Louise Simmons - Rachel Natvig (Northfield)
Elwood P. Dowd - Doug Bergstein (Warren)
Ethel Chauvenet - Marci Robinson (Warren)
Ruth Kelly, R.N. - Mikki Nucci (Waitsfield)
Wilson - Barry Bolio (Middlesex)
Dr. Lyman Sanderson - Wes Olds (Montpelier)
Dr. William B. Chumley - Jack Bradt (Winooski)
Betty Chumley - Andra Krushenick (Northfield)
Judge Omar Gaffney - Bill Hannon (Duxbury)
E. J. Lofgren - Marci Robinson (Warren) ​

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Directed by Tom Badowski
Stage Managed by Denise Badowski
Season Organization and Playbills by Shannon Sanborn
Season Advertising by Doug Bergstein
Publicity by Ruth Ann Pattee
Season Set Build/Design by Mikki Nucci
Set Build by Doug Bergstein, Andra Krushenick & Marci Robinson
Season Lighting Design by Irene Halibozak
Portrait of Elwood and Harvey revised by Dotty Kyle

performed in 1979 at the Fayston Elementary School, Harvey marks the first show of the Valley Players 40th season, and the first show the Valley Players produced.

Harvey tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd, who insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

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