Press Release

HARVEY IS CAST AT ALOHA THEATRE

Harvey is in town!  He’s a six-foot tall invisible white rabbit, and he decided to hang around for a while after Easter!  “Harvey,” Mary Chase’s award winning American comedy, has just been cast and is in rehearsal at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.  Production dates are May 3 through 19.

Elwood P. Dowd is Harvey’s best friend and the only character who readily admits to seeing him.  Newcomer Gregg Mowins takes on this classic role, played by Jimmy Stewart in the 1950 film version.  Kerry Matsumoto plays Elwood’s sister Veta Louise Simmons, and Elizabeth Spencer is his niece, Myrtle Mae Simmons.    Barbara Masters plays Elwood’s aunt, Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet.  When the action shifts to a sanitarium called Chumley’s Rest, we meet Nurse Ruth Kelly, portrayed by Amanda Trusty, Dr. Lyman Sanderson, by Matt Bester, Duane Wilson, by Rob Payesko, and Dr. Chumley, by John Holliday.  Other characters are Dr. Chumley’s wife, Betty, the family lawyer Judge Omar Gaffney, and a cab driver named E.J. Lofgren.  They are played by Robin O’Hara, John Sucke, and Yasir Bey, respectively.

“Harvey,” won the Pultizer Prize for Drama in in 1945, and is a favorite of regional community theatres.  Aloha Theatre Production dates are May 3 through 19, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.  The show is directed by Jerry Tracy, assisted by Annabelle Treacy.  Designers include Linda Rowand, costumes, Jeff Rowand, lights and sound, William McGregor, set, and Kira Kane, properties.  Set decorators are Martha Stephens and Gerald Lucena.  Set crew includes Samantha Rey and Tyler Savarese.  Tickets range from $10 to $22 and are available online at AlohaTheatre.com, by phone Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and at the box office beginning one hour prior to performance time