Prepping for the FINALE
"You Can't Take It With You" but you can take a friend to the North Marion Players production of the comedic play March 16 and 17.
The play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart will be performed at 7:30 p.m. both days at North Marion High School.
Set in 1930s New York City, the play takes place entirely in the home of the Sycamores.
Cole Younger, who plays Paul Sycamore, explained, "It's about a wonderful family that has its peculiarities but functions in harmony. Then Alice (his character's daughter) falls in love with Tony and that introduces the Kirbys to the household. What unfolds is an interesting dinner party that becomes very awkward."
"The one family (the Kirbys) is very business like, while the other is more strange," added Alex Lewis, who plays Mac, a government agent. "The moral of the story is don't judge a book by its cover, and accept differences."
The play lends itself to a fairly large male cast, an unusual sight in most high school drama departments. But this show boasts 10 male actors compared to 11 females.
"It's one of those shows where you can't really get away with girls playing guys," Director Carol Read said. "I picked this show because of these guys. I'm always looking at who's coming up and keep my fingers crossed they try out."
It helps that someone like John Doty switched from doing tech behind the scenes to star as Mr. Kirby, the straightlaced businessman who doesn't know how to handle the eccentricities of the Sycamores.
"I decided to move to the acting side because it's my senior year," Doty reasoned.
While it does leave a small hole on the tech side, the management behind the scenes is in the very capable hands of senior Logan Gianella, who has been head tech for two years. Gianella said he's enjoyed the work he does and has never envied those onstage, who often get a lot of the credit.
"I don't get the spotlight, but I make the spotlight," he said. "I've just always done it because I'm a sport."
One-third of this year's 24 cast and crew members is graduating this spring leaving a hole in the drama department
"This group of seniors is incredibly talented and so tight," Read said. "Each one has multiple interests and talents beyond drama and, yet, when they are on the stage (or behind the scenes) they are 100 percent focused. I will miss what a truly nice and dedicated bunch they are. Always uplifting and encouraging to everyone. The shoes will be big to fill but there are some stellar future leaders thanks to good role models of the drama geek class of 2018."
Tickets are available at the door and cost $6, or $4 for students and seniors.
• Matt Alvarez — Martin Vanderhof (Grandpa), who quit Wall Street 35 years ago, collects snakes and just relaxes.
• Kayla Golka — Penelope "Penny" Sycamore (Grandpa's daughter), who writes plays because a typewriter was delivered eight years ago and used to be a painter.
• Cole Younger — Paul Sycamore (Penny's husband), who makes fireworks in the basement.
• Drew Cloughley — Mr. De Pinna, who delivered ice to the Sycamores eight years ago and just stayed; he makes fireworks in the basement with Paul.
• Mary Kaufman — Essie Carmichael (Penny and Paul's daughter), who makes candy, takes ballet lessons and is married to Ed.
• James Hughes — Ed Carmichael (Essie's husband), who likes to print things, plays the xylophone, makes masks and delivers candy for Essie.
• Rose Rostocil — Mr. Kolenkov (Essie's Russian ballet instructor), who has an opinion on everything.
• Abby Hughes — Alice Sycamore (Penny and Paul's daughter), who works at Kirby & Co. and gets engaged to Tony Kirby.
• Travis Coppinger — Tony Kirby (vice president at Kirby & Co.), who loves Alice AND her family.
• Paige Petersen — Rheba (the Sycamores' maid), who is really part of the family.
• William McIntire — Donald (Rheba's boyfriend), who spends most of his time at the Sycamores' house.
• John Doty — Mr. Anthony Kirby (Tony's father, owner of Kirby & Co.), who comes to dinner at the Sycamores' with his wife on the wrong night and is in for the surprise of his life.
• Riley Hanson — Mrs. Miriam Kirby (Tony's mother) who believes in spiritualism; she comes to dinner with her husband on the wrong night and is in for the surprise of her life.
• Clysta Rose — Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (friend of Mr. Kolenkov), who escaped Russia and is now a waitress at Child's Restaurant.
• Kyle McConkey — Wilbur Henderson (Internal Revenue Agent), who tries to get Grandpa to pay income taxes.
• Jillian Vedack — Gay Wellington, a drunk actress Penny meets on the bus and brings home to read her play.
• Department of Justice (J-Men), who raid the Sycamores' house because of Ed's printed materials. — Traci Kickland (head agent), Alex Lewis (Mac), Leo Duarte (Jim), Jane Orr (May) and Georgia Rose (Edna)
• Tech — Logan Gianella, Emily Hay, Natalie Holum