Harvey Performance Coming February 13–14

Harvey Performance Coming February 13-14 to the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) drama club, La Belle Epoque, is sponsoring a theatrical production of Harveyon February 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.


Mary Chase’s 1945 Pulitzer Prize winning Harvey continues to be as popular today as it was back in the 40s, having been adapted multiple times for both film and television. The most famous rendition is the 1950s film starring Jimmy Stewart. Its recent 2012 Broadway revival staring Jim Parsons brought critical acclaim to sold out houses.


This hilarious comedy features a whimsical man, Elwood P. Doud, and his best friend Harvey, a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit or ‘pooka’ as Elwood likes to call him. The comedy of errors unfolds as Elwood’s zany sister Veta attempts to have him committed to the local sanatorium in her desire to climb the social ladder.  The fun begins when Veta is mistakenly committed herself after admitting she sees Harvey as well. Who is the real crazy one here? The twists, turns, and havoc instigated by Harvey will remain a mystery until you come to see for yourself!


UMO students make up the cast of Harvey, some of whom can boast previous theatrical experiences and others new to the stage. “Together they are a talented group who will delightfully entertain you,” said Tyanna Yonkers, associate professor of religion and one of the production organizers.

Admission to the production is free, and no tickets are necessary.  The event is sponsored by the Fine Arts Circle at the University of Mount Olive. The Fine Arts Circle works to promote the cultural, social, and economic importance of the arts to the community at large by not only participating in fine arts gatherings, but also by helping to support them.  For more information about the event, please contact Tyanna Yonkers at tyonkers@umo.edu or Joanne Morgan at jmorgan@umo.edu. To become a member of the Fine Arts Circle, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 919-658-2502.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.

Pictured above: Dr. Lyman Sanderson played by Jonathan Tedder from Wilson, NC and Dr. William B. Chumley played by Luke Hill from Elizabethtown, NC.

Nurse Ruth Kelly played by Chelsea van Dijk from the Netherlands and Veta Louise Simmons played by Bailey Sutton from Canada.

Dr. William B. Chumley played by Luke Hill from Elizabethtown, NC and Veta Louise Simmons played by Bailey Sutton from Canada.