Muskego — Suddenly, it seems, "You Can't Take it with You" is all the rage.
Not only did Eisenhower High School present the Moss Hart and George Kaufman theatrical romp, about the eccentric Sycamore family, two weekends ago, but thespians of Muskego High School are preparing for their opening Friday night.
The funny favorite, also taking place at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee this weekend, was presented at The Theater on Main in Oconomowoc in May and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in April, and it also was the Hartford Players choice this year.
But most surprisingly is that the draw of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize winner reaches all the way to China, where the American classic was performed at the Beijing Playhouse - China's English Broadway theater - in September.
Taking it in stride
All that attention to the classic comedy stunned Muskego High School Drama Club adviser Angel Mullen, who thought she had an inspiration.
"I thought I had this amazing brainchild last year," she said with a chuckle.
She liked the play because is uses a big cast and because it is a classic American screwball comedy, said Mullen, who premiered the production last spring at the Drama Club's May banquet.
Over at Eisenhower, drama department publicity director Spring Irving said in an e-mail that director Zak Heimerl had chosen the play for about the same reasons.
"It hosts a large cast of eccentric characters that allow students a challenge and an ability to let loose on stage," she Heimerl, who also chose the play last fall.
The folks at Eisenhower wished Muskego well this weekend.
Giving only well-wishes
"We on the drama team are positive this will be as great and exciting for their students, staff, and audience as it was at Ike," Irving wrote. "We are quite pleased that Muskego chose 'You Can't Take It With You.' It is an amazing show that is perfectly suited for high school students across the country."
And in Muskego's large cast is the director's son Morgan, who will appear in his first speaking role. He will be the ice man who made a delivery and stayed for six years.
Also appearing in Muskego High School's production will be Allan Zablocki, Kayla Loos, Kaitlyn Rinka, Wendy Glessner, Paul Salsieder, Evan Wolfram, Michael Toth, Hannah Cantrell, Sam Robinson, Max Prykhodko, Tammy Kuehn, Ashley Olszewski, Dylan Dix, Megan Worden, Taylor Freeman, Ashlie Weber, Sara Meka, Maria Kastello, Aly Robinson, Ireland Andrews, Dayna Daley, Sarah Penn, Erica Baldwin, Lindsey Floryance, Morgan Sorrel and Kelsey Cybell.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Comedy "You Can't Take it With You"
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Muskego High School, S8750 Racine Ave.
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