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THE VANDERHOFS KNOW YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

The sounds of firecrackers, political commentary, furious typing and most of all uproarious audience laughter filled the Fireside Room as this year’s spring play delighted one sold-out crowd after the next. 

You Can’t Take It with You, the 1936 play written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, highlights the antics of patriarch Martin Vanderhof’s family. This boy-meets -girl-boy-loses-girl- boy-gets-girl- back-plus-her-eccentric-family plot portrays the love between Alice Sycamore (Allison Backous ’07 of Sauk Village, Ill.) and Tony Kirby (Jacob Szafranski ’09 of Avon, Ohio), the daily life of Alice’s wacky family, and everyone’s pursuit of what brings the greatest joy to each of them despite personal differences or the expectations of society and other people.

“I believe that this play does a good job of conveying the concept of finding unity through diversity,” commented Director John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts. “This story can serve as a model for all of us to strive to both appreciate diversity and pursue true community in our everyday circumstances.”

The student and faculty actors appeared to relish their roles as much as the audience enjoyed watching them.

“I think that Alice is one of my favorite roles,” said Backous, “because she’s a challenging combination of maturity, sweetness, and Sycamore eccentricity.

Sebestyen’s hope was that the audience would catch the show’s “contagious spirit of joy.” In the end, it was obvious that was something everyone could take with them.

For a copy of the play program, click here.


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