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Spencer High school performs "Harvey"

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spencer High school theatre will open their spring play on Friday night. "Harvey" is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a man with a 6-foot-tall imaginary rabbit named Harvey. His need to introduce Harvey to everyone he meets, which only adds to the embarrassment he causes his socially-ambitious sister, Veta. She, desperately seeking a solution, decides to spare herself and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, by having Elwood committed to a sanitarium.

This is the 74th production for Larry Untiet, Spencer High school's theatre director. In his 37 years, he has directed shows such as "Arsenic and Old Lace," and "The Diary of Anne Frank."

The Spencer theatre performs a musical each fall, and a play each spring. Thinking back, Untiet remembers their biggest production to be "Grease," which they added performances to. This past fall, they performed "Guys and Dolls."

When selecting a spring play, Untiet tries to alternate between comedy, mystery, and drama.

"[In their four years] I like to have the students exposed to each genre," Untiet said.

In Spencer High School boasts a strong theatre program, which Untiet credits, in part, to the surrounding community and to Spencer Community Theatre's children's theatre program.

"We seem to get real good support," Untiet said. "Many students come into the program knowing they want to do theatre, either because they've participated [in the children's program] or because their siblings have participated."

"Harvey" stars Will Boyens as Elwood, Rachel Dole as Veta, and Daly Tighe as Myrtle Mae.

The show will open Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., and will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students. Students are also allowed to use their activity ticket.

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