EMPORIA -- Emporia State University Theatre is presenting one of America’s favorite comedies, "You Can’t Take It With You," from December 1st through Saturday, December 4th.
The play, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, opened in 1936 and it ran for 837 performances, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. A new Broadway production is slated to begin on Broadway with Tony-award winning director Anna Shapiro in spring 2011. Frank Capra directed the Oscar-winning film in 1938 with an all-star cast including Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur and Ann Miller.
"You Can't Take It With You" is set during the Great Depression. The stuffy and traditional Kirby family believes in rules, hard work, and rigid organization. The delightfully eccentric Sycamore family, on the other hand, celebrates independence and freedom from convention.
When young Tony Kirby (Daniel Reardon, Overland Park freshman) falls in love with Alice Sycamore (Carolyn Lohkamp, Wichita sophomore), the two families are forced to sort out their differences. And when Tony’s parents (Brianne Simon, Rosalia senior and Andrew Walker, Wichita sophomore) pop in for an evening meal to meet the Sycamores, they show up on the wrong night. Alice, embarrassed by her family, thinks that the relationship can’t last. But when both families rediscover what “normal” really is, there is a happy ending.
Other members of the cast include: Annie Rosenbrook, Merriam sophomore; Brenna Fulton, Leoti senior; Lindsey Jarvis, Paola junior; Andrew Nickle, Wichita junior; Casey McCabe, Gardner junior; Adam Small, Parsons junior; Ryan Scully, Nortonville senior; James Hatton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England junior; Gabe Moyer, Olathe senior; Dylan Lewis, Haysville senior; Erin Mullane, Gardner senior; John Alfrey, Topeka sophomore; Michael Stauffer, Newton sophomore; Steven Stanek, Topeka freshman; and Jessica Gaddis, Ulysses senior.
Theresa Mitchell directs the production. The set design is by Nancy J. Pontius with stage dressing by seniors Levi Howe, Columbus, Neb., and Christina Thomas, White City. Costumes are designed by Susan Mai and lighting by Ron Fowlkes with assistance from Josh Taylor, Salina junior. Sound designer is Garrett Bowman, Gas junior and the technical director is junior Ross Rundell, Salina. Production stage manager is Megan Henson, Norwich senior. Laura Dossett, Jenks, Okla., junior, is the assistant stage manager.