Local theater troupe The Spotlight Players focuses on giving community members the opportunity to be a part of live theater. The group is presenting the stage play Harvey in early March.
Founded in 1986, SLP is the oldest continually operating theater troupe in Puyallup. SLP appears to have had a growth spurt in the last 27 years. SLP originally was known as the Christ Episcopal Church Opera Group and was a religious group based in the Christ Episcopal Church.
Realizing the organization was destined for bigger things, the board decided to extend its reach further into the community. The group changed its name and expanded throughout Puyallup in 1994.
Today, SLP is an organization independent of religious belief, yet remains affiliated with the Christ Episcopal Church. The group will frequently hold play rehearsals inside the church.
Not long after the name change, the group joined Valley Arts United, an organization dedicated to keeping the arts prevalent throughout the community.
As a result, SLP became a non-profit organization. Volunteers—from the actors to the members of the board of directors—are involved because they love of the arts.
Coming straight from SLP’s last event, a radio show of It’s a Wonderful Life, actor, director and SLP board member Paul Hill is the mind behind the next big show – Harvey.
Harvey is about Elwood P. Dowd, a friendly, quirky man, whose best friend is (supposedly) an invisible, 6-foot-tall rabbit. Dowd’s sister, Veta, has lost all patience with his zany antics and attempts to have him committed to a sanitarium. However, complications arise and hilarity ensues when Veta accidentally gets herself committed instead.
Harvey will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning March 8 to March 22.
Other show dates include matinees at 2 p.m. on March 16 and March 23.
The performance is in the indoor auditorium at the Meridian Community Center at 14422 Meridian E. in Puyallup.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (253) 251-1930. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.
Tickets on opening night sell out quickly.
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