By the time you read this, Harvey, the popular 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about an affable man and his unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey—a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit—will have celebrated its opening performance. Here is an opportunity to learn more about its cast.
Stan Allen has enjoyed participating in several Boutique productions and wishes to continue honing his acting skills. He’s from Calgary, Alberta. Thomas Carroll has also been involved in several productions at The Boutique. “I love acting and think that Harvey is one of the funniest plays out there.” A New York City native, Carlo Gagliano saw the movie and the play while he was young. “For a time in my life, I worked as a psychiatric nurse, so I can relate to Elwood, the lead character.”
Frank Harrison, who plays the lead role of Elwood P Dowd, was drawn to the character “because I’m as crazy as Elwood,” he said. He is also excited to collaborate again with Ralph Hyman, who is directing the production under Karrie Sebryk’s oversight. Also from New York City, Cat Meders is thrilled to be part of the company. “I’ve always wanted to be in this play,” she commented. When the play was adapted as a movie in 1950, starring James Stewart, Ellie Frank saw the film. “I was very young but remembers every detail. When I found out the Boutique was casting the play, I really wanted to do it.”
Miana Melendez is making her acting debut with this production of Harvey. “I love the cast, but more importantly, I love the opportunities that The Boutique Community Theatre offers local residents to get involved, both on and off stage. Brandon Miller is originally from Texas and fairly new to Puerto Vallarta, also making his acting debut. John Scott is also new to the stage and will be making his acting debut with this production. When asked how things are going, he gave a huge smile and said, “I’m having fun.”
The cast has been rehearsing rigorously to prepare for their opening night and encourage visitors and locals to enjoy this new production of a classic comedy, and one of the most popular plays in the English repertoire.
When asked for compelling reasons for the audience to explore the local community theatre scene and not to miss this new, Puerto Vallarta-based production, Brandon had the best answer: “the beach isn’t going anywhere!” Harvey continues its run April 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 6 pm, and on April 7, 14 & 21 at 2 pm. Evening performances include a dinner option at 5 pm.
Paco Ojeda is The Boutique Community Theatre’s Publicity Manager. A Puerto Vallarta-based freelance communicator, he writes news and stories for Puerto Vallarta’s English-speaking community at his blog, paco-ojeda.com.