Kinkaid's Upper School Theatre Company takes the stage this weekend with You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, kicking off the 2016-17 Fine Arts season. Originally written in 1936 as a form of comic relief from the Great Depression, the play tells a story of a young couple falling in love whose families couldn’t be more opposite from each other.
Veteran performer Ashton Lambert ‘17, who plays one of the lead roles, Tony Kirby, embraces the variety of the cast and how it has pushed them to grow as performers. “All of our characters are so different. They all have to have their little quirks about them so finding those quirks and also making it three generations of characters when we’re all the same age here is a really fun challenge,” says Lambert.
Eloise Detmering ’17, starring opposite Lambert as Alice Sycamore, relishes in the challenge of balancing out her ‘normal’ character in a family that’s not so normal. “The most fun part about playing Alice is finding ways in which her family’s weirdness and oddities carry through in her personality. Sometimes it can be hard to be the normal one and not get to play as much as the rest of the cast does,” says Detmering.
While much of the show focuses on comedy, the cast believes viewers can walk away having learned a few lessons. “I think the main one is that you should do what you want to do. People should do what they want to do and no matter what they think is societally following the status quo, they should make themselves happy,” says Lambert
Michelle Ludwig, Director of Drama at Kinkaid, notes how much fun the larger-than-average cast has had as they’ve prepared over that last seven weeks. “A rehearsal process can often take on the personality of the script we’re working on, and if our rehearsal process is any indication, this show will be full of joy, chaos, laugher, camaraderie and lots and lots of fun. It's been a very entertaining process,” she says.
You Can’t Take It With You happens Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Katz Performing Arts Center. Students can receive a complimentary ticket by presenting a student ID card at the box office within the hour prior to the performance. Community members can also purchase tickets through the Box Office by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org.