GHS thespians to present classic comedy for Easter weekend

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Family patriarch Martin Vanderhof (played by David Maginity, far left in armchair) delivers his regular prayer at dinner, recapping the day's events in a scene from the Greencastle High School production of the comedy "You Can't Take It With You." Other actors are (seated, from left) Peyton Jones, Emma Thomas, Adam Gerard, Libby Brush and Dylan Bodnarick. Standing (from left) are Reilly Anderson, Ely Bordt, Jacob Kessler, Michaela Semak and Taylor Secrest. (Banner Graphic photo by ERIC BERNSEE).

After 11 weeks of rehearsals, the Greencastle High School cast and crew of "You Can't Take It With You" by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman are ready to open the curtain on the 1930s comedy in Parker Auditorium Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the Sycamore family. Martin Vanderhof (sophomore David Maginity) is a fun-loving man who gave up his lucrative job on Wall Street for a more relaxed lifestyle. His "playwright" daughter Penny (senior Emma Thomas) and her pyrotechnic husband Paul (senior Adam Gerard) are parents to kooky dancer Essie (junior Libby Brush) and very normal Alice (sophomore Michaela Semak).

When Alice falls in love with her boss's son, Tony Kirby (senior Taylor Secrest), she invites the Kirby family over for dinner. However, the Kirbys arrive on the wrong night, bringing about an evening full of snakes, wrestling and a visit from the FBI.

Other students playing roles in the comedy are seniors Alex Briones, Dylan Bodnarick and Abbie Harms; juniors Reilly Anderson, Ely Bordt, Caleb Burns, Colin Dombrowski, Hillary Johnson, Peyton Jones, Jacob Kessler, Alex Pare and Lily Spencer; and freshmen Noah Pettit and Nick Geiger.

The show is directed by GHS theater teacher Bethany Bax. Assistant director is junior Cecily Girton.

"You Can't Take It With You" will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

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