CCT brings Broadway to town

Friday, February 21, 2014

'Harvey' set inspired by Architectural Digest 100 Designer

The set for Cherokee Community Theater's current production of "Harvey" by Mary Chase was inspired by the one featured in the Broadway production of "Harvey" at The Roundabout Theater in 2012.

Designed by AD100 architect and designer, David Rockwell, the set broke apart during scene changes and rotated in front of the audience and on a series of complex revolving platforms to reveal the two settings of the play.

"This was instantly inspiring to CCT set designers and builders" said, Pamela Linn, who, along with husband Andy Linn, adapted Rockwell's design for the CCT stage. "We really can't take the credit for design here. David Rockwell is an Architectural Digest top 100 Designer. His sets are brilliant. We wanted to take as much inspiration from his design as we could, to bring a little slice of Broadway to Cherokee."

The design and build team took as much from the Broadway set as time and budget allowed. The entire set had to be custom built on stage and is set on dozens of casters so that it rotates completely on stage. The build took almost three weeks of full- time effort with several CCT volunteers spending more than 140 hours on hand-stenciling and scenic painting the set.

"The effect of the entire set rotating lends itself well to the surreal quality of the story of Harvey the invisible rabbit and Elwood P. Dowd, his best friend," said Pam Cox, scenic artist on the set. "The entire show is visually gorgeous. The cast and crew have done an excellent job."

Rockwell's other contributions to Broadway set design, 'Catch Me If You Can,' 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' and 'Hairspray', are equally spectacular. Rockwell's set was featured in the July 2012 edition of Architectural Digest, and not only became the inspiration for the CCT set, but inspired the entire production of "Harvey" as the second play in the Pulitzer series.

"Harvey" continues its run this weekend, starting tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. You can reserve tickets at 712-225-4440 or online at cherokeect.org.

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