"Harvey," the 1945 Pulitzer Prize winning play, is coming to Newcomerstown in June and auditions are open to all adults and high school students in the tri-county area.

The play, by American playwright, Mary Chase, will be the first community theatre production to be presented by the newly formed ARTSNCT - An Alliance of the Arts. Performance dates are tentatively scheduled for June 16, 17 and 18 on stage at the middle school.

The auditions for six male and six female roles are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 12 in the Newcomerstown Public Library Annex from 6 to 8 p.m. Actual rehearsals will not begin until April 25.

About the play

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey -- whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing.

She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues.

The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion.

When Elwood 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 the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley.

Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a "perfectly normal human being" does Veta realize that she would rather have Elwood the same as he has always been -- carefree and kind -- even if it means living with Harvey.