BOTETOURT – Attic Productions, Botetourt’s community theater, will present “Harvey” as its first play for 2010.

This play was written by Mary Chase and is directed by Jayne Brill.

Performance dates are February 4- 6 and 11- 13. Evening performances are at 7:30 and Saturday matinees are at 2:30.

The cast of Attic Productions’ “Harvey” rehearses for the February 4 opening. From left are (seated) Veta, Elwood's sister, Tara Cumella; Dr. Sanderson, Jeff Roberts; Elwood P. Dowd, Gary Reid; standing, Judge Gaffney, Jason Cordova; Myrtle Mae as Elsood's niece, Amy Looney; Nurse Kelly, Linsee Lewis; Dr. Chumley, Micah Crizer and Wilson, Spencer Meredith.
The cast of Attic Productions’ “Harvey” rehearses for the February 4 opening. From left are (seated) Veta, Elwood's sister, Tara Cumella; Dr. Sanderson, Jeff Roberts; Elwood P. Dowd, Gary Reid; standing, Judge Gaffney, Jason Cordova; Myrtle Mae as Elsood's niece, Amy Looney; Nurse Kelly, Linsee Lewis; Dr. Chumley, Micah Crizer and Wilson, Spencer Meredith.

“Harvey” is a heartwarming comedy about everybody’s friend, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey, who just happens to be a 6-foot, 3-1/2-inch tall rabbit. Unfortunately, nobody but Elwood can see Harvey, causing quite a stir in the Dowd household.

His sister, Veta, is desperate to find a husband for her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and Elwood’s questionable mental state is making the task nearly impossible. Committing Elwood to a local sanatorium seems to be the only solution but accomplishing that goal turns out to be more difficult than originally anticipated. In the end, Veta must decide if she wants to keep a loveable Elwood and his friend Harvey or accept a forever-changed Elwood without Harvey. “Harvey” won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling Attic Productions at 473-1001.  Leave a message and someone will call you back. Ticket office hours begin two weeks before the play starts and are Monday and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Attic Productions is located at 7490 Roanoke Road in Fincastle.

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