The Havre High School acting troupe is ready to raise the curtain on its winter production, opening the award-winning play “You Can’t Take it With You” Thursday night, with additional performances Friday and Saturday.
The large cast — 20 roles — has a mix of veteran Havre High and Montana Actors’ Theatre thespians to others performing in their first high school play.
The play, written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman in 1936, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1937.
It was transferred to the big screen in 1938, with Frank Capra directing Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore and Jean Stewart in the movie version. The movie won the Oscars for best picture and best director and was nominated for five more.
The story tells the tale of the son of a wealthy banker falling in love with a girl from an eccentric family who cares more about having fun and making friends than making money.
When the family of Tony Kirby meets the family of his fianceé and stenographer, Alice Sycamore, comic chaos ensues.
Written during the depths of the Great Depression, the look at what matters in life won instant acclaim.
The play opens in the Havre High School Theatre at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for Havre High students and senior citizens, and $2 for children in kindergarten through eighth-grade.
Havre High cast and crew, “You Can’t Take it With You”
Penny Sycamore — Larissa Price
Essie — Amanda Dolph
Rheba — Mina Everingham
Paul Sycamore — Bryant O’Leary
Mr. De Pinna — Raymond Campbell
Ed — Patrick Leeds
Donna — Hailee Kilgore
Martin Vanderhof — Bill Dolph
Alice — Jessa Pyette
Henderson — Adrienne Miller
Tony Kirby — Desmond Fialkosky
Borya Kolenkhov — Savannah Belcourt
Gay Wellington — Maddie Hanson
Mr. Kirby — Mike Woronik
Mrs. Kirby — Oriah Pratt
Olga Katarina — Jess Wiken
Govt. Agents — Adrienne Miller, Raynell Clancy, Jacob Holden, Kody Hickman
Director — Jay Pyette
Stage Manager — Samantha French
Lights Op — Nick Keeler
Costumes — Angela Pratt, Jessa Pyette