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'Harvey' hops to town
Two shows at Averitt Center today
Harvey
Jeff Akins as Ewood P. Dowd and Susan Jackson as his sister Veta star in "Harvey." Performances are set for today at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Averitt Center. - photo by Special

      The classic favorite "Harvey" about good-natured Elwood P. Dowd and his unusual best friend first appeared on Broadway in the 1940s. Harvey is an unusual best friend because he is a 6 and one-half ft. rabbit and no one other than Elwood can see him.
      Witness the rest of the hilarious story at the Emma Kelly Theater today with a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30. This Averitt STARs Community Theater production stars Jeff Akins as Elwood P. Dowd and Susan Jackson as Veta. Averitt STARS fans will also recognize Pat Akins, Eileen Bayens, Dustin Council, Victoria Crane, Ed Davis, Joseph Farris, Merry Gallagher, John Gleissner, and Kelly Nielsen in other roles.
      Jeff Akins shines in his role as Elwood P. Dowd, showcasing his talents as he interacts with his imaginary friend.
      According to Akins, "one of the biggest challenges has been remembering where Harvey is and what he is doing at all times. However, as I have gotten more into character, I feel I can actually see Harvey and talk with him. I now tell people that if I appear to be talking to myself, it doesn't mean I'm crazy--I'm simply having a conversation with Harvey".
      "People should come see Harvey because it is a superb comedy with a cast of delightfully quirky characters. The cast and crew have worked very hard to bring these characters to life, and I'm sure the end result will favorably reflect their efforts," said Akins.
      Matinee tickets for Harvey are $8 for adults and $6 for youth. Tickets for the evening performance are $10 and $8. They can be purchased by calling 212-2787.

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