Harvey Opens Tonight

Amelia Holcomb, News Editor

South’s Theatre will put on “Harvey” next week as their final show of the season. It will run from Tuesday, April 26 to Friday, April 29.

The play follows the story of two siblings after Elwood P. Dowd claims to see a 6-foot bunny named Harvey. Senior Rachel Field plays Elwood’s socialite sister, Veta.

“I try to commit him to a sanitarium and through a comedy of errors, I get committed myself,” Field said. “I love the energy of the character… the show is very funny if you pay attention to it; it’s a comedy. I know plays like this that aren’t well known unless you’re in the theatre world, but people appreciate them…I’m excited to see how the audience reacts to it.”

This will be Field’s last show at South.

“[It’s bittersweet.] I’m going into theatre in college so I do feel like I am moving on and moving up, not to say that there’s anything wrong with high school theatre,” Field said. “It’s very, very sad to leave this group of people, and every show you do you know you’ll never be with the exact same group again. It’s very sad, but I’m excited to do other things.”

Field hopes that other students who watch the play will understand the underlying theme of family and acceptance.

“It’s a very sweet story, told in a very funny and ridiculous, over the top way. When it all comes down to it, the show is about a family and about their emotional journey, especially Vita’s journey to accept Elwood as he is, Harvey and all,” Field said. “It’s very sweet and I think it will resonate with people around this time of year, like when people are leaving for college, families need to become closer than ever.”
Tickets for “Harvey” are free for students with their ID or $10. The house will open at 7 and the show will start at 7:30.