Students at the Dallas High School Theater Club are getting ready for their next show. Front row, left to right: Michelle Leonard, Tayler Dove, David Oley, Griffin Stone, Catherine Rinehart, Victoria Vespice Second row, Emma Oley, Maria Ansilio, Jake Smith, Maggie Rinehart, Dominic Augustine, Tyler Dragon, Christine Blankenshop, Jacob Besecker, Ty Madden, Davy Janoski.
Alice (Tayler Dove) struggles with her relationship with Tony Kirby (Griffin Stone) despite her eccentric family in the Dallas High School Theater Club’s presentation of “You Can’t Take It With You” to be performed on November 20-21 at the school auditorium.
Essie (Catherine Blankenshop) performs ballet for her father, grandfather Vanderhof (David Oley) during the Dallas High School Theater Club’s “You Can’t Take It With You” presentation, which will be performed on the 20th and 21st November in the school auditorium.
Harry B. McKeown conducts the Dallas High School Theater Club in rehearsal for the comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” in the school auditorium.
DALLAS TWP. – The wacky antics of the Sycamore and Kirby families will grace the Dallas high school stage in the “You Can’t Take It With You” production on Friday and Saturday.
The 1936 comedy, written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, will be presented by the high school’s Theater Club at 8 p.m. on November 20 and 21 in the auditorium.
The two-and-a-half-hour play centers on the eccentric Sycamore family.
The family, led by Patriarch Grandfather Martin Vanderhof, values fun and friends over money, said Harold McKeown, principal and social studies teacher at Dallas High School.
“Grandpa lives his life doing what he loves,” McKeown said. “It’s becoming contagious.”
Hard-working businessman Anthony P. Kirby runs the well-to-do Kirby family. Kirby is always looking to increase his financial holdings and investments.
When Kirby’s son Tony Jr. falls in love and proposes marriage to Alice Sycamore, the couple’s ongoing union brings the two families of different economic classes together.
The stuck Kirby family immediately disapproves of Alice and her family.
As the couple work to resolve the Kirby family’s disapproval, a lesson in social acceptance emerges.
“This (the play) is about embracing the different extremes of families,” said Dominic Augustine, a Dallas high school student who will play Boris Kolenkhov.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of 1937 posed a challenge for students, McKeown said.
“Some of the characters are far from what they (the students) are used to doing,” he said.
The production consists of 30 students, including 19 actors, he said.
The Dallas High School Theater Club began preparing the play in late September.
“The students meet for two hours Monday through Friday after school,” McKeown said. “The construction of the set takes place from 9 am to noon on Saturdays. “
The Dallas High School Theater Club hosts two productions per school year, one in the fall and one in the spring.
In January, auditions will be held for the spring 2016 performance of a musical called “Once Upon A Mattress,” McKeown said.