Directors choose comedy for WBHS play

‘You Can’t Take It With You’ runs March 1 and 2
Miriam Nelson

Final preparations are underway for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School spring play “You Can’t Take it With You,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

This show is a comedy in three acts. It premiered on Broadway in 1936 and was made into a movie in 1938.

“We chose this show because we are trying to build up this program with classic and more well-known plays,” said Stacy Rocke, WBHS English teacher who is co-directing the play with science teacher Crystal Hosler. “This one has been done many times on Broadway, and it is one of the top 10 most-produced plays for amateur theaters.”

Rocke and Hosler, who are co-directing for the second year in a row, added students to the directing staff this year.

“We are piloting a new program where we have student leadership,” Hosler said.

Megan Gauderman is the student director, and Jada Kazik is the student stage manager.

“So far, this student leadership program seems to be going well,” Rocke said. “It has been incredibly helpful to have a student perspective in decision making.”

All of the action takes place in one setting, the Sycamore living room. The Sycamores are a loving but unorthodox family. Their high jinks are normal for them but do not seem so normal to an upper class man named Tony Kirby, who begins courting their daughter Alice.

When Tony and his family show up a day early for dinner at the Sycamore home, a night filled with comedic antics follows.
Rocke noted that they chose this show because it has a wonderful message at the end.

“We really love the family dynamics of the Sycamores,” she said. “They are just so silly, but show so much love for one another.”

The cast, in order of appearance, includes Rikki Jo Koplitz as Penelope Sycamore, Nikki Rekow as Essie Carmichael, Meyah Jordan as Rheba, Tyler Tautges as Paul Sycamore, Samantha McQueen as Ms. DePinna, Dustin Radun as Ed Carmichael, Dylan Dalsanto as Donald, Eli Filtz as Martin Vanderhof, Drew Resch as Alice Sycamore, Alexa Landowski as Wilma C. Henderson, Tearraince Wolff as Tony Kirby, Braeden Helgeson as Boris Kolenkhov, Natalee Meydam as Gay Wellington, Brandon Linke as Anthony W. Kirby, Aleesha Clark as Miriam Kirby, Alison Olson as G-Man 1, Jalynn Horachek as G-Man 2, Alexa Landowski as G-Man 3, and Elisabeth Geimer as The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina.