‘You Can’t Take It with You’ opens

‘You Can’t Take It with You’ opensBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Burroughs High School Theater Department presents Georege S. Kartman and Moss Hart’s celebrated comedy “You Can’t Take It with You,” which opened Friday, March 31, at the BHS Parker Performing Arts Center.

Set in 1930s New York, the play centers around Alice Sycamore, a “normal” girl from an eccentric family and Tony Kirby, a young man from a very proper family who is drawn to the odd Sycamore family.

“’You Can’t Take It with You’ is one of the most consistently performed plays in high schools across America,” said director Tristan Kratz. “It was the very first play I acted in, and I remembered it’s eccentric characters, charming plot and lots of running up and down stairs and in and out of doors.”

With a cast of only 19 characters, Kratz did run into some challenges when 64 students auditioned. So she decided to add pre-show and intermission variety acts, a salute to the 1930s Vaudeville performances popular during the show’s setting.

Acts will pay tribute to performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Mae West, Donald O’Connor and Ruth Etting.

“I even had a bunch of kids who learned how to tap dance for a big ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ number,” said Kratz.

“What better message can we share during uncertain and challenging times than to enjoy the small amount of time we are given? To accept and truly see the unique value in each and every one of us – it’s our diversity that makes humanity strong and whole.

“The playwrights knew this message to be true when they wrote it during the Great Depression, and baed on the staying power of this little play, we continue to know its value. One of the great satisfactions of my job is having young people remind adults what is important – what really matters.”

The show begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Red Rock Books and at the door. Additional performances are April 1, 7 and 8. For more information, see the Parker Performing Arts Center Facebook page.

Story First Published: 2017-03-31