"Harvey" Comes to Presque Isle

May 7, 2018

Harvey is a 1944 play by the American playwright Mary Chase. Chase received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1945.
Credit Glimigrim / English Wikipedia

Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre is presenting the beloved comedy – Harvey – this weekend at the Presque Isle Community Center. 

Now in their 15th year, the Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre group in Presque Isle has produced over 35 productions, run completely by volunteers. Unlike traditional reader’s theater groups, the performances are complete with sets, sounds, and costumes.

This weekend’s play – Harvey – is directed by Susie Gawriluk. Gawriluk says Harvey "is a play that was a light hearted escape from all of the horrors of war the the U.S. had been going through." Harvey played for over 4 years on Broadway for the war-torn 40’s and earned Oscar nominations for the 1950 movie with Jimmy Stewart.

In addition to Presque Isle, those in the cast are from Manitowish Waters, Winchester, and Lac Du Flambeau.

"Our youngest player in this is 57 and our oldest is 78," Gawriluk says. "I think we bring a mature perspective. We’re fulfilling dreams for many of the people who had to do work in between high school and college and now. So, many folks in retirement are getting to do what they always wanted to do and be stars on the stage.”

You can see Harvey this Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th, at the Presque Isle Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission for the show is free, but donations are accepted.

True to their Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre group name, the dress for the show is casual and there is complimentary decaf and dessert after the show.