The department of theatre will present its spring play, You Can’t Take It With You, in Rodman Playhouse at the end of the month.
A comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, You Can’t Take It With You centers around the Sycamore family, a loving with a few strange hobbies. Youngest daughter Alice Sycamore falls in love with and becomes engaged to Tony Kirby the son of the dignified Kirbys and invites his family for dinner. When the Kirbys show up a night early, however, Alice calls of the engagement, panicked the families would never get along after the night of comical chaos. A final confrontation between the two families ends the play with a twist.
“I have been in a couple productions in the past, but this play has been the most fun to work on,” said Nicole Alponat, a junior communication major who plays Essie Sycamore in the play. “The cast and crew are absolutely top notch and I love going to theatre everyday because it’s like we are one big happy (little quirky) family!”
The play is being directed by Dr. Doug Hendel, professor of theatre, who will also play the lead role of Martin Vanderhof, Alice’s grandfather. This will be Hendel’s last semester at Mount Union before retiring.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!” said junior history major Marilyn Miller, who will be playing the role of Mrs. Kirby. “The people are wonderful and Doc is a top-notch director. I’m sad that this is my first and last time I will be able to work with Doc, but it is his turn to act like Grandpa. Now he can go to zoos and even notice when spring comes around. I wish everyone a broken limb, and everyone at Mount should see the show; it’s going to be great!”
The remaining cast of You Can’t Take It With You includes freshmen William Fahrnbach, John Opalenik, Brian Sfara, Olivia Varn and Jacob Ward; sophomores Zach Bake and Katie Proch; juniors Marciano Bagnoli, Kenny Leep, Clarence Sconiers, Megan Smith, Kelsey Tomlinson and Alex Wolfe; and seniors Holly Cappelli and Tyler Mason.
You Can’t Take It With You will take place February 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25 in Rodman Playhouse. All Mount Union students, faculty and staff get in free, and tickets are $8 for other general admission. For more information or to order tickets, call 330-821-2565.