The Gunnery Drama Society Presents, “You Can’t Take It With You”
The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present The Gunnery’s fall play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” a comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, on Thursday, November 8, Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. No reservations are required.
When “You Can’t Take It With You” debuted on Broadway in 1936, it was an immediate success and earned the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “The uplifting comedy, with its life-affirming credo and madcap humor, struck a chord with American audiences recovering from the Great Depression,” according to StageAgent.com, which noted the play “succeeded as a welcome addition to the crop of screwball comedies on Broadway that allowed audiences to escape from their troubles.”
It was also adapted as a film (directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Lionel Barrymore), which won two Academy Awards in 1939 – for Best Picture and Best Director.
In The Gunnery’s production, Lois Bachman ’19 portrays Penelope Sycamore, Travis Powell ’20 is Paul Sycamore and Layla Walcott ’19 is Martina Vanderhof. “This family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy,” according to StageAgent.com. “Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws.”
To find out what happens next, be sure to catch The Gunnery Drama Society’s performances. The play is directed by Elizabeth Dayton ’08 and produced by Sarah Albright, with set design by Al Chiappetta of Sherman Playhouse, and costumes by Terry Hawley. The stage crew includes Acadia Johnson ’21, Hailey Lovallo ’21 and Julian Marlowe ’19. The cast features:
Barbara Barancikova ’19 Alice
John Crabtree ’19 Mr. Kirby
Sheriden Curry ’22 Essie
Max Farrar ’21 Mr. De Pinna
Sam Johnson ’19 Tony Kirby
Julian Marlowe ’19 Henderson
Katie Nemergut ’19 Mrs. Kirby
Gianna Rusillo ’20 Gay Wellington
Drew Sutherland ’21 Ed
Ilya Vasko '19 Boris Kolenkhov
Aris Wang ’20 Donna
Alex Zhang ’20 Rheba
Also, look for special appearances by Garrett Coe ’19, Gavin Connors ’19 and Sean Douglas ’19.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.