EATON – The Eaton High School Drama Department will present a two-day performance of “You Can’t Take It With You” this weekend at the Eaton Community Schools Performing Arts Center.
Opening night is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18. The performances will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 19. The show begins each night at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the school during the day on Friday or the evening of the show.
The 19-member cast has been rehearsing for several weeks to perfect the show, which is being directed by Harold Niehaus.
The cast includes: Sarah Parker as Penny, Rachel Charles as Alice, Mackenzie Rutherford as Essie, Katelyn Niehaus as Rheba, Delila Jo Newkirk as Mrs. Kirby, Lydia Noh as Grand Duchess Olga Katrina, Danielle Newport as Gay, Josh Hubbard as Grandpa, Blake Whitesell at Tony, Lance Barton as Mr. Kirby, Paul McKee as Mr. Kolenkhov, Hunter Cuyler as Paul, Brad Kramer as Ed, Brennan Fogle as Mr. De Pinna, Andrew Brooks as Donald, Todd Piekutowski as Henderson, A.J. Hewitt as G-Men (The Man), Tyler Bogard as G-Men (Jim) and Josh Pool as G-Men (Mac).
The story: At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before viewers realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these “delightful” people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacturing of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald — nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.