WHEN YOUR BEST friend is an invisible 6-foot, 7-inch white rabbit, life is bound to be confusing and, at times, a bit embarrassing.

This is the predicament that faces Elwood P. Dowd, the lead character in "Harvey."

This three-act comedy by Mary Chase will be presented by Mount Airy Players, a nonprofit community theater group, in five performances. Show times are scheduled for 8 p.m. today, tomorrow, May 2 and May 3 at Twin Ridge Elementary School, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle. A matinee performance has been scheduled for 2: 30 p.m. Sunday.

The whimsical tale follows Elwood P. Dowd, played by Dave Gamble of Woodbine, and the comedic problems he encounters for having such a unusual best friend.

The life-size invisible rabbit is the source of much embarrassment to Elwood's sister, Veta Simmons, and niece, Myrtle Mae Simmons, who try to have him committed to a sanitarium. The plan backfires, when it is Veta who is thought to be insane and ends up in the sanitarium.

Monrovia resident Susan Click plays the role of Veta, and LeighAnne Reger of Baltimore is cast as Myrtle Mae.

The cast of 12 is directed by veteran Mount Airy Players' director Charles Beck. He is assisted by Susan Cote.

A Pre-Show Pizza Night is featured before tonight's performance. Tickets are $10 and include pizza, a drink and the play. Student and senior ticket prices are $8. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m.

The May 3 showing features a Final Performance Dinner beginning at 6: 30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and play are $16, or $15 for students and seniors.

All show-only tickets are $7, or $6 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door, at Whistlestop Books or Heidi's Gift Shop. Information and reservations: 301-829-1527.

Benefit results

The threat of rain and chilly temperatures didn't damper the spirits and enthusiasm of the large crowd of walkers and runners who turned out for the third annual Tony Green Memorial Walk/Run on April 12.

The event benefited Mount Airy NET, a local service organization that provides support and emergency assistance for needy families.

Committee chairwoman Althea Miller would like to thank local businesses for their support and generosity that helped to make the benefit a success. She says more than $900 was raised during this event.

Blood drive

Residents of the South Carroll area are urged to make an appointment to donate blood during the Red Cross Community Blood Drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

According to the Red Cross, the need for blood never ceases, and blood drives are necessary to continuously replenish the supply of blood. The success of a blood drive is critical, because a donation of one unit of whole blood from a single donor can be used for three or more patients.

To keep waiting to a minimum, appointments may be made. Walk-in donations also will be accepted.

Interested donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. A mini-physical will be conducted, including a blood pressure and temperature check, iron levels and a brief health history.

Volunteers are needed to register donors. Information: 410-549-6223.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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