By SCARLET SIMS

LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER

A group of students, some dressed in old suits or elbow-length gloves, gathered around drama teacher Kelly Webber at the theater at the Conway High School for a dress rehearsal Monday.

Some students messed with fake mustaches and wigs while others asked about shoes.

"They are very excited," Webber said. "They are so, so ready to go in front of an audience."

The students will present "Harvey," by Mary Chase, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the James H. Clark Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per student and $6 for adults.

The play is about a man and his invisible friend, a rabbit named Harvey, and family relationships. Webber said the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a study in human dynamics.

The 12 cast members, including Harvey, have been committed to the play, Webber said. The play is good for the young actors because it stretches the imagination, she said.

"It is very difficult as an actor to react to something you can’t see but is beside you," Webber said.

The students have grown as actors because of the play and their dedication to it, Webber said.

Students have had about 25 rehearsals leading up to opening day. On Monday, Webber and the stage manager discussed furniture and last minute details.

Preparing for an invisible actor has been challenging, stage manager Zoe Allison, a junior, said.

Lead actor Dallas Smith, a junior, encouraged people to come see the show and support the theater.

"People should come out and see this play because we put a lot of effort into it, and it’s a wonderful show," Smith said.

"The show is important because there’s a message behind it — everybody is different and everybody has their own thing. As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters — happy with who you are and who you’re with. You know?"