Windham Theatre Guild Presents HARVEY, Opening Night Wine Tasting Held 5/21

The Windham Theatre Guild wraps up the celebration of their 25th season with the Main Stage Dinner Theatre production of a wonderfully funny Harvey...winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the basis for one of the greatest films of all time starring Jimmy Stewart.

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.

Jonathan Baine from Colchester is a first time Director for the Windham Theatre Guild. Last year he performed in the Guild's production of Leading Ladies. He loves both acting and directing and has been involved in many area shows.

A special opening night wine tasting will be held on Friday, May 21st featuring wines from Taylor Brooke Winery in Woodstock. Doors will open early at 7:00pm and everyone is invited to come and enjoy. Harvey will be presented as Dinner Theatre performances for only two nights, on June 11th & 12th. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and show at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $38 for students/seniors and children. There will be only one Dessert Theatre performance on June 10th. Doors open at 7pm, show is at 8pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors and children. And Show Only performances with row seating are May 21st, 22nd, June 4th, 5th, and 10th, with a Sunday matinee on June 6th at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors and $8 for children under 12. All UConn, ECSU, and QVCC students pay the new discounted price of $10. Group discounts are also available. For reservations and information, call the Windham Theatre Guild at 423-2245 or buy your tickets on-line at www.windhamtheatreguild.org.

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