Curtain opens on “You Can’t Take It With You” this Thursday


Josh Shewmake

First period theater students help finalize the set for the theatre program’s fall production “You Can’t Take It With You,” set to premiere Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Caroline Smith, Managing Editor

For some students, having eight classes a day is too much, but for theatre students, the regular seven and a half hour day is just the start. All students involved with the upcoming show, “You Can’t Take it With You”, have been rehearsing daily in order to have it ready by the time it opens on Thurday, September 26.

“I am part of the tech crew for ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ and all of us, actors, tech, and directors have been working very super hard on this show,” dressing room manager Morgan Riddle said. “It is coming together well and I’m super excited for it to open.”

“You Can’t Take it With You” is a comedy that takes place in 1936 at the home of Martin Vanderhof (Grandpa) in New York City. It is written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

“The show is about two people, from completely opposite families, falling in love and then facing the consequences of how unique each family is and how their families act around each other,” stage manager Rachel Jackson said.

Like all theatre department productions, “You Can’t Take it With You” wouldn’t be able to happen without the work and help of a lot of people.

“A lot of different people are involved with the process of making the show, like each student has a different forte such as sports, choir, etc.,” Jackson said. “We also get a lot of help from outside people, like the moms of students and sometimes the director’s friends will contribute an enormous portion of the play.”

Because everyone involved has worked countless hours together, a family-like bond has been established with the cast and crew.

“I think the theatre department is very efficient and a really good environment to be in,” Riddle said. “I’ve felt really welcomed into the theatre “family” and I think that really contributes to the process of putting on a good show.”

“You Can’t Take it With You” opens Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. with a second performance Saturday, Sept. 28 at the same time.  Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. They can be purchased at the school store or online at