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Paynesville Press - May 10, 2006

High schoolers to present 1930s comedy

By Michael Jacobson

Seventeen PAHS thesbians will stage the award-winning comedy, "You Can't Take It With You," this weekend in the school auditorium.

Pinching cheeks Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.

The play, which won a Pulitzer Prize, was written in 1936 and is set in New York City. It later was made into a movie, which won the Academy AwardŽ for Best Picture in 1938.

Talulah Wellington (Jayna Flanders) pinches the cheek of Mirian Kirby (Caitlin Lien) as Alice Sycamore (Mary Keller) watches.

The play centers around the eccentric house of Martin Vanderhof (Dugan Flanders), who is a retired grandfather who used to work on Wall Street and has a house near Columbia University. He likes snakes, to go to commencement addresses, to talk to policemen, and to shoot darts.

His eccentric family includes two daughters, one who is an aspiring playwright (Karla Leitzman) and another who makes candy and takes ballet lessons (Lindsey Pelton); two sons-in-law, one who makes his own fireworks (Ralph Daby) and another who prints things and plays the xylophone (Ezra Thompson); and a granddaughter (Mary Keller) who works in a real office and falls in love with her boss's son.

A clash of cultures occurs when her romantic interest (Peder Thompson) brings his parents (Shawn Reinke and Caitlin Lien) to visit the Vanderhof home.

Ballet kick The three-act comedy is expected to last two hours with an intermission.

The PAHS thesbians were scheduled to perform the play in April, but it was delayed until May.

Essie Carmichael (Lindsey Pelton) practices her ballet with her father Martin Vanderhof (Dugan Flanders), who is the lead character in the comedy.

The PAHS thesbians will stage the play, "You Can't Take It With You," on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Cast of Characters
Practicing scene You Can't Take It With You
Martin Vanderhof: Dugan Flanders
Alice Sycamore: Mary Keller
Penny Sycamore: Karla Leitzman
Paul Sycamore: Ralph Daby
Tony Kirby: Peder Thompson
Anthony Kirby: Shawn Reinke
Mirian Kirby: Caitlin Lien
Essie Carmichael: Lindsey Pelton
Ed Carmichael: Ezra Thompson
Rheba the Maid: Lauren Vaske
Donald the Butler: Brad Hemmesch
Boris Kolenkhov: Harrison Fangmeier
Talulah Wellington: Jayna Flanders
Henderson: David Ruprecht
Olga Katrina: Katie Schlick
Mr. DePinna: Dillon Herem
Police Detective: Jeremy Schmidt
Directors: Jane Leitzman and Ken Vork
Sound and Lights: Mike Putzke and Jeremy Schmidt

Pictured at right: Ezra Thompson, Dugan Flanders, and Ralph Daby practice a scene in "You Can't Take It With You."

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