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Theater company runs online contest for upcoming show.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Have you seen Harvey?
Forest Moon Theater Company’s new online contest begs that question of its fans.
It’s a triple entendre, in part because in their upcoming comedy, Harvey is an imaginary six-foot-tall rabbit only visible to a single character.
Secondly, Harvey’s ears show up in the photos Forest Moon is posting daily to its Facebook page depicting some two dozen local businesses. People who guess where Harvey is hanging out can win tickets to the show, also called Harvey.
And the play on words reminds potential audience members to attend the show itself, which opens Oct. 4-7 and continues Oct. 11-12.
“We’ve gotten a really good response with this (contest). A lot of the local businesses have been spotlighted,” said Forest Moon co-founder Bob Baird.
Though it will be performed on the stage at Franklin Academy High School, it’s not a school production. The family friendly play features adult actors that will appeal to adults and children ages 10 and up.
Harvey is Wake Forest-based Forest Moon Theater’s second-ever production.
It is directed by Wake Forest resident Cora Hemphill and features 12 main characters, including several veteran community theater actors. Wake Forest residents among the primary cast include Heather Dahlberg, Aaron Dunlap and Shawn Smith.
Cast ready, crew needed
Forest Moon recently held a benefit at Wine 101 in Heritage, drawing some 50 people and raising about $1,000, according to Baird. Guests were entertained by shop owner Joe O’Keefe on the piano.
“Not only was it a good benefit for us, but it was a very entertaining night. Joe is an accomplished musician and great entertainer,” Baird said. “Many donated over and beyond buying a ticket.”
There are still ways to help and donate.
There is an open call on Forest Moon’s website for volunteers to aid as crew during the performance, which requires helping set up the stage this weekend and being present for at least two tech rehearsals next week.
Volunteers are also needed to work the box office, usher and sell concessions before the show and during intermission. Ushers can stay and see the show for free.
The program will be designed this weekend, so business owners or others should contact Forest Moon immediately if they wish to sponsor the show.
“We’re ready to open. The cast is ready to go — they’re doing full run-throughs now with the rehearsals,” added Baird. “The set is constructed and is just being finished off. We’re setting up this weekend.”
The Facebook contest runs through Monday. To enter, go to tiny.cc/hysh. Other information can be found at forestmoontheater.org.