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Timeless tale “Harvey” takes center stage next month in Sylacauga


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – “Harvey,” the endearing tale of Elwood P. Dowd and his peculiar pal – a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit – is a timeless American classic by playwright Mary Chase that clinched a Pulitzer Prize in 1945. Soon, the cast and crew of SAFE’s Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company will bring Harvey to life in Sylacauga on center stage.

Performances are scheduled for Oct. 19-21 and the 27 at 7:00 p.m., and a matinee on Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m. School performances are slated for Oct. 24 and 26.

The venue for SDPAC’s production of “Harvey” will be the B.B. Comer High School Auditorium, located at 801 Seminole Ave.

“Harvey” revolves around the amiable Elwood P. Dowd and his family, who find his penchant for introducing the invisible Harvey to be eccentric and embarrassing. The witty comedy unfolds as they attempt to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium.

Director Patrick McDonald shares his enthusiasm for the play, stating, “This is such a delightful play for audiences of all ages. We work hard to produce content in the Fall and Spring that can be enjoyed and used by teachers in the classroom as well. This award-winning play helps us frame what it means to be true even when others think we are out of step, and it teaches us all a lesson in kindness in the midst of laughter. The world could use many more invisible giant rabbits if it resulted in more Elwood Dowds.”

The talented cast of 12 includes Michael Vick as Elwood P. Dowd, Janie Giddens as Elwood’s sister, Veta Louise Simmons, and a host of other skilled actors who promise to bring this heartwarming story to life.

The 2023-24 season sponsors, including Realtor Jessica Taft of Area Real Estate and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, deserve special thanks for supporting this captivating production and the rest of the upcoming season.

Tickets for “Harvey” are priced at $15 per person and can be purchased online at, by calling (256) 245-226, or in-person at 109 N Broadway Ave. in Sylacauga.

School administrators interested in reserving seats for a student show can contact (256) 245-1669 or email [email protected].

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