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NHS presents 'You Can't Take It With You'

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Northview Thespian Troupe 872 will present "You Can't Take It With You" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Northview Auditorium.

Students, crews and directors have been working since August to prepare the production.

Tickets, which are $3, can be purchased at the door; seats are not reserved and doors will open at 7 p.m.

At first the Sycamores -- Paul (Tyler Hutcheson), Penny (Ashley Voelz), Grandpa (Cody Whitesell), Essie (Lynnlee Baysinger), and Ed (Daniel Reinoehl) -- seem mad; but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder.

In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys (Derek Latham & Mikki Mears). The plot shows how Tony (Cody Nicoletti), attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore (Miranda Caldwell) and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food and play an innocent yet embarrassing game, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own family are wrong, will not give up; and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by a Russian ex-Grand Duchess (Amanda Romas), earning her living as a waitress.

No mention has been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household: Mr. DePinna (Josh Houser), a man who came to deliver ice and just stayed to help Mr. Sycamore manufacture fireworks; Mr. Kolenkhov (Michael King) Essie's dancing teacher of eight years; Rheba (Sandy Little) the maid and her boyfriend Donald (Jayme Gambill); IRS agent Wilbur Henderson (Marcus Bunch) who tries to explain to Grandpa why he must pay income tax; four FBI agents (Justin Hillenburg, Justin Mousette, Rob Judd, & Kyle Hayes) who mistakenly think the Sycamores are a danger to national security; and Gay Wellington (Maggie Williams), the drunk actress that Penny meets on a bus and asks home to read one of her plays.

The aspects of this delightful comedy that make it a classic (it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1936) are clear: endowing a family with crazy, fun-loving features, a daughter that longs to be "normal," and a mistaken dinner invitation are sure to make for a character/situation comedy that will please theatre-goers. But this play has one thing more; it strikes at the very heart of the conflict between American work ethic which makes our country strong (represented by the get-head Kirbys) and the anarchic "do your own thing" philosophy on which this country was founded (embodied in the Vanderhof household). The play has remained a well-loved classic of the American Theatre because above all, it celebrates the strength of the American family and its ability to overcome hardships both big and small.

The show is directed by Nancy Ewing with assistance from Dianna Knox, assistants Stephanie Frakes and Vanessa Callas, Stage Manager Matt Hutcheson, Stage Run Manager Mike Morahn, Stage Run Crew Anola Whitesell, & Sarah Thomas; Costume Crew Alisha May, Summer Wegner-Walker, Anola Whitesell, and Natalie Williams; House Manager Heather Burton with Assistants Casey Harlan and Amber Modesitt; Lights & Sound Crew Neil Rent-schler, Nick Gebert, Mitchell Ridell and Jesse Johnson; and art by Callie Froderman. Makeup Crew members Sarah Thomas, Callie Froderman, Anola Whitesell, Nebula Schultz, Loni Pierce, and Emily Judd will work the nights of the show.

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