Fall play: you can take the laughs with you

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Photo by Brittany Chang

Seniors Cole Webb Harter (left) and Saumya Gupta (right) portray their characters in a scene on stage during the fall play.

Alexa Wallace, Contributing Writer

The school play was hilarious, it is too bad “You Can’t Take It With You.”

The drama department recently completed its final showing of the fall play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

At the center of the comedy is Alice Sycamore (senior Emily Castro). Sycamore is part of a very unique family. Alice is the daughter of Penny (senior Katy Killion) and Paul Sycamore (sophomore Matt Lindwall). At the head of the family is Grandpa Vanderhof (senior Cole Harter).

Alice Sycamore has one sister, Essie Sycamore Carmichael (senior Danielle Krikorian). Essie is married to Ed Carmichael (senior Michael Donnelly). Alice Sycamore falls in love with Tony Kirby (senior Zach Mullins), and they decide to get married.

Mullins and Castro had amazing chemistry, as did all the actors in the family. After a disastrous dinner, Alice doubts the marriage will work, so she plans to run away. Mr. Kirby (senior Chase Dowe), arrives at the home to retrieve Tony, when Grandpa Vanderhof admonishes Mr. Kirby for judging his family for their madness and not recognizing that they are happy, and the Kirby family is not. The actors were able to overcome differences in outward appearance and resembled a family in their actions and chemistry.

The play not only is humorous and entertaining, but also has a great message of celebrating who you are. Alice’s family may face judgment from outsiders, but they are truly happy with their lives and do not live according to what society may expect of them.

This play differs from previous productions because it is set in reality with abnormal characters.

The entire production was set in the home where Alice and her family lived. Theater tech did an amazing job constructing the set, as it was very realistic and included many details such as books, a typewriter, picture frames, and even doorways. All the details added to the chaos characteristic to the family of the home.

It takes a lot of work to produce a successful play, with rehearsals every day after school and long hours during the week preceding the play.

“Everybody worked so hard on it, and the dedication level was out the roof,” Castro said.

All the hard work paid off in an amazing show.

“The whole play was good, including the supporting actors,” freshman Ryan Knier said.

Cassandra Gaona, the drama adviser, has been eagerly anticipating this production.

“I’ve been wanting to do the play for awhile. The last four years Uni and Irvine have done the show, so I’ve been waiting for our turn. It’s a very popular high school show,” Gaona said.

The play was a great success due to all the hard work put into it, not only from the incredible actors but also theater tech and the drama advisers involved.