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MHS students to stage 'tried-and-true classic'

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Students at Marysville High School will stage the Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman play, You Can't Take it With You, the weekend of Nov. 15.

"It's a tried-and-true classic which was actually performed here at MHS in 2004," said director Lois Everitt, a language arts teacher at the high school.

Including all the stage crew, performers, painters, student director and those working with the lights and sound booth, approximately 30 students are involved in the production, she said. Rehearsals started about six weeks ago.

The cast rehearses every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 4 p.m. and lately it has been until 5:30 p.m., according to Everitt.

She said the fall production is typically a drama, not a musical.

You Can't Take It With You is a story about "a quirky, crazy family who raise snakes, make fireworks in the basement, study dance, play the xylophone and attend commencement exercises for entertainment."

Parent volunteer Pam Klaus said in the play, the daughter, Alice, falls in love with conservative, responsible Tony Kirby and the families arrange to meet. From there, comedy is accompanied by life lessons.

Everitt said the play was chosen because it had a wide appeal.

"The themes of being who you are, accepting your family and expressing yourself are universal themes which appeal to all audiences," she said.

In addition, Everitt said she wanted to showcase the drama talent at Marysville High School because the students have so much to offer.

"They have been working very hard and have created a cohesive drama club family. They are excited for the show and look forward to large audiences and lots of laughs," Everitt said.

Sophomore Alayna McCabe plays Penny Sycamore, sophomore Sara Jane Klaus plays Alice Sycamore, senior Pearson McKenzie plays Martin Vanderhof, and junior Nick Daman plays Tony Kirby.

Performances at the Marysville High School auditorium, 800 Amrine Mill Road, are scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17. All tickets cost $5 and may be purchased at the door.

"The money goes to fund further drama productions ... expenses include purchasing props, costumes, rights to the play and set materials," Everitt said.

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