Ticonderoga There is a 6-foot, 3 1/2-inch tall rabbit roaming the halls of Ticonderoga High School. No one has seen him, but that’s the point.
Sentinel Productions, the Ti High drama club, will present the play “Harvey” this weekend. Shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the school auditorium.
Tickets are $2 for students, $4 for adults and $10 for a family. Refreshments will be sold.
“Harvey” is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, an affable man who claims to have an unseen friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, 3 1/2-inch tall pooka that takes the form of a rabbit. A pooka is a benign, but mischievous, creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts — like Elwood.
Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter Myrtle Mae and their family from social shame.
When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. In fact, the head of the sanitarium comes to believe in Harvey. Is Harvey real?
“Harvey” was selected by members of Sentinel Productions.
“I’ve always like ‘Harvey’ and when students requested it I thought it was great idea,” Amy Crannell, play director and club adviser, said. “The play has a very good message during difficult times. It reaffirms confidence in human nature.”
The 1944 play by Mary Chase won a Pulitzer Prize and the 1950 movie version, starring Jimmy Stewart, captures Academy Awards.
Performing in the Ticonderoga production will be Shelby Spaulding as Veta, Josie Worley as Myrtle Mae, Hannah Herbst as Elwood P. Dowd, Taylor Dorsett as Miss Kelly, Derek Bevins as Dr. Sanderson, Martin Glazer as Dr. Chumley, Kyle McCoy as Judge Gaffney, Lucy LaPeter as Mrs. Chumley, Ethan Bain as Mr. Wilson, Logan Schryer as the taxi driver, Brenna Michalak as Ethel Chauvenet and Annette Hurlburt as Miss Johnson.
The stage crew includes Michael LaFountain, Katelyn Troche, Emily Namer, Samantha Summerville, Max Fazioli, Jeanette Coon, Sierra Woodard, Zachary Yaw and Milo Stricker.
Karney Manning is the line surgeon.
“This play is challenging and, at times, difficult,” Crannell said. “We’ve had some problems, but I’m certain people will enjoy the performance.”