HARVEY at the Rialto Theater | September 8-25, 2011

Meet Elwood P. Dowd & his six-and-a-half-foot best pal, Harvey. Only problem is Harvey's invisible. And a rabbit. High society, hijinks and hilarity ensue as Elwood's sister Veta reaches her limits in dealing with Elwood's taste in friends. Reserve your tickets now! Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Performance Times:
  • Thu. 9/8/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Fri. 9/9/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Sat. 9/10/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Fri. 9/16/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Sat. 9/17/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Fri. 9/23/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Sat. 9/24/2011 at 7:30 PM
  • Sun. 9/25/2011 at 2:00 PM

CASSIE DIETERICH | Mrs. Chauvenet/Cabbie
During the day, Cassie works full-time as the Educator at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, where she molds minds young and old. In the evenings, she transforms into strange and often outlandish characters for Rialto and Rockport Little Theater. She wants to thank...everyone!

TAYLOR HENDRIXLyman Sanderson, M.D.
After playing Leander Longfellow in the Rialto’s 2009 summer melodrama, Taylor hoped his wife, Marsha, had had her fill of acting, so that he could focus on their many, many, many home improvement projects. However, he has returned to the Rialto stage because he just can’t say “no” to Marsha or Kay. When he is not acting or digging trenches at home, Taylor is the Programs Assistant (i.e. does it ALL) for the Rockport Center for the Arts.

A newcomer to the Rialto Theater, Nathan Winger, 24 years old, is originally from Rylander, a small town in Wisconsin. He traveled around the country as a missionary with his parents and four siblings. After settling down in Harlingen, Texas, he finished high school at the age of 15 and started college at Texas State Technical College. He went through several degree plans until his mother asked him what he wanted to be. His answer was clear—an actor. He graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi this past December with a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting/Directing.

KAREN FROESCHNER | Veta Louise Simmons
Karen is delighted to be working with the directing team of Jim Elder and Kay Wise Denty again. This is her first time back on the Rialto stage since Jim and Kay directed "Always...Patsy Cline," wherein Karen played the part of Patsy's friend, Louise. Following that, Karen enjoyed portraying the sarcastic Claire in the Rockport Little Theatre's version of "Rumors." Karen is absolutely in love with the stage and always at the ready for casting calls. She has even tried her hand at directing a couple of times but shares that there is no place like being on stage. Her husband, Paul, is one of her greatest fans and supporters. Karen hopes that if you see him in the audience, you will give him a thumbs up. (He and his brother John were the creators of the side lighting that brightens the walls of this theater.)

GENE GIGGY | Judge Omar Gaffney
Gene is a General Motors retiree and is currently working maintenance at Pelican Bay Resort in Fulton. No newcomer to the Rialto, he played Jed Lunn in the melodrama―Pure as the Driven Snow and Danny O’Boy in―Show Time on the Showboat. He wants to thank Jim Elder and Kay Wise-Denty for this great opportunity to play the role of Judge Gaffney. He would also like to thank his wife Teddi for her backing and support. Looks like Broadway is getting closer. Maybe someday.

BOB ERICSON | William R. Chumley, M.D.
Bob returns to Rialto, having debuted in November 2009 as Paul Sheldon in Stephen King’s―Misery. Bob began performing during his senior year in high school portraying Judge Gaffney in―Harvey. He made his community theater debut as the Delivery Man in―Barefoot in the Park at the Little Theater Corpus Christi in 1966 and has now appeared in over 40 stage productions. More recently, he has portrayed multiple characters in―The Boys Next Door at Harbor Playhouse and Dr. Rance in―What the Butler Saw at Port Aransas Community Theater. Sincere thanks to the Rialto staff and the cast and crew of―Harvey for their patience and support in making this a memorable experience.

TEDDI GIGGYBetty Chumley
After finishing a successful run as Mary Lou Winston in―Lone Star Love Potion, Teddi Giggy, an accountant for the City of Corpus Christi, embraces this wonderful opportunity playing Betty Chumley in―Harvey. She is pleased and thankful to be under the direction of Jim and Kay, who also directed her as Zamah Logan in―Pure as the Driven Snow. Teddi’s other Rialto Theater performances include roles in―Some Women Were Talking/When Men Were Scarce and―Showtime on the Showboat. Other prior acting experiences include Teddi playing the Baker in―Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2006 and just recently, playing the Matron of the Big Dollhouse in―Hairspray—both at Harbor Playhouse. Teddi wants to thank her husband, Gene, who portrays Judge Gaffney and who has always supported her in every adventure. Teddi also wishes to thank her family, friends, and co-workers for sharing this rewarding experience with her.

JIM ELDERElwood P. Dowd; Director
Jim continues to enjoy "trodding the boards" at the Rialto. He has particularly enjoyed being involved with Harvey since it gives some reality to the invisible playmate he was accused of having long ago. Jim has been active here both on the stage and backstage since he moved into the area. He takes pride in a number of the productions he has participated in as director, scene designer and actor. Plays, such as, "Of Mice and Men," "Always...Patsy Cline," "Pure as the Driven Snow" and "Rush Limbaugh In Night School" to name just a few. Jim truly enjoys the social nature of the theatre. It brings out the talents of so many people in the community. "Absolutely a pleasure to work with people discovering that childlike willingness to perform that so many have hidden..."—including himself.

After playing Purity Dean in the Rialto’s 2009 summer melodrama, Marsha thought she could mark ―acting off her bucket list permanently. However, she has returned to the Rialto stage to spend quality time with her friends Kay, Cassie, and Jim and her husband, Taylor. In real life, Marsha is a doctor!—A PhD, that is. She is the Site Director for the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site in Rockport.

MYRA B. KLINEMyrtle Mae Simmons
Myra, though a native of Aransas Pass, now lives in Rockport, where she is the Banking Center Manager/Vice President of First Victoria Bank. Myra has been very involved in her community—as a board member of the Aransas County Council on Aging, the treasurer of the Rockport Rotary Club, a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, and as a director of Financial Women International. Myra has an Associates Degree from Del Mar College, and she graduated from Southwestern Graduate School of Bank at SMU Dallas. Myra began acting in Spring 2010 in Rialto’s―Some Women were Talking and When Men were Scarce. She most recently performed in in Neil Simon’s―Rumors at the Rockport Little Theatre last spring.

Kay's recent theater experience includes playing numerous parts in the―Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, and the "Vagina Monologues." She was Assistant Director for "Always...Patsy Cline" and Co-Director for―Rush Limbaugh in Night School. An avid supporter of live performance arts, she continues to support the Rialto and Rockport Little Theater in oh, so many ways. A massage therapist for 23 years, Kay owns Health-Wise Massage Therapy. She dedicates this show to her husband, Glynn, and all the true gentlemen in her life.