The Miner League Theatre Players at Missouri S&T have decided to lighten things up this year with a performance of the classic madcap comedy You Can’t Take It With You in November.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before each performance in the Leach Theatre Box Office.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, tells the story of the delightfully eccentric Sycamore family, who live life to the fullest in a wholehearted pursuit of happiness. When one of the Sycamore clan and a member of the wealthy and uptight Kirby family fall in love, everything quickly gets out-of-control.
“The students are having a ball with this play,” says director Jeanne Stanley, assistant professor of theatre at S&T. “They get so tickled by the humor and they have so much energy, it’ll be hard for the audience to resist.”
Stanley says none of the students have done a farce before, and that it’s taken them some time to get the rhythm of it. “Everything is louder, faster, funnier in a farce. It’s almost a dance.”
A main character, “Grandpa,” will be played by guest actor Bruce Woodruff, associate professor and chair of the theatre department at Baker University. “I acted in one of his students’ productions last month, now he’s returning the favor,” says Stanley.
The production is two and a half hours long and may be best suited for audience members ages 8 and up. The fast-paced show is in three acts, with one intermission and one five-minute break.