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'You Can't Take It with You' runs March 6-8

The students of Ellsworth High School will present the classic comedy "You Can't Take It with You" this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth High School. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students.

A Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning story, "You Can't Take It with You" by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman is a comedy, a romance and a valuable lesson all rolled into one. When Alice Sycamore (senior Ali Branscombe) gets engaged to the boss' son, Tony Kirby (senior Matt Klecker), she needs to introduce his family to hers.

Unfortunately, hers is a family of eccentrics led by Grandpa (senior Pat Sweeney), who walked away from a successful business 35 years ago and never looked back, and his is a family of uptight, wealthy people who are unhappy. Does she hide the zaniness that makes her family unique to please his family, or does she love her family the way they are?

Alice's family includes: her parents (senior Kris Kannel and junior Riley Johnson), whose hobbies include being a playwright and a fireworks inventor, respectively; her sister Essie (junior Becca Thorson), who is studying to be a ballet dancer, and her brother-in-law Ed (junior Alex Andrews), who enjoys playing the xylophone and using a printing press.

Also living at the house are: Mr. DePinna (junior Gabe Pollak), who delivered ice there and decided to stay, Rheba (senior Katie Fuchs), a southern maid, and Donald (junior Andrew Schneider-Adams), Rheba's boyfriend who makes his living on public assistance.

Other cast members include: German-exchange student Kristof Stark, making his Ellsworth stage debut as Essie's Russian ballet instructor, Kolenkov, junior Ashley Lind, also in her debut performance, as actress Gay Wellington, seniors Annie Rogers and Troy Mattson as Tony's parents, junior Bailey Marhoun as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina, junior Cordero Roman as the IRS agent, and senior Brady Feuerhelm, junior Bryce Christopherson and junior Brittney Boe as Department of Justice officers.

The play is directed by Ms. Shelly Moore with stage management by sophomores Emily Murphy and Allison Seibel, and musical assistance by Mr. Dan Kayhart. The comedy promises antics and fun moments for the whole family and leaves the audience with the valuable lesson that life should be lived to the fullest.