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Royal Oak High Students Present 'You Can't Take It With You'

The show, on stage Mar. 21-23, involves more than 70 students in the cast and crew.

The critically acclaimed Royal Oak Drama Club will perform You Can’t Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. 

The original play from 1936 won a Pulitzer Prize and the 1938 film won two Oscars, one for Best Picture. The production is directed by Ed Nahhat (Water Works Theater) and Brittany Ward. Both are graduates of Royal Oak High Schools. 

The story of You Can’t Take It With You rings true to this day, featuring a culture clash between free spirits and the well to do and two families so different when brought together by love, finding a way to meet in the middle. It’s a great way tospend the first day of spring.

The cast features almost 20 Royal Oak High School students, with as many as 50 more working back stage in set construction, lights, sound, props and publicity. 

Onstage, You Can’t Take It With You stars student actors Mike Miller as Tony Kirby and Hannah Wielgat as Alice Sycamore, the two in love that bring these families. The cast also includes Lucas Valone, Rudy Palombit, Matt Harmon, Bobby Daratony, Mo Ozdych, Meaghan Lynch, Calvin Brown and Maxwell Sanders.

In You Can’t Take It With You, stenographer Alice Sycamore is in love with her boss Tony Kirby, who is the vice president of the powerful company owned by his greedy father Anthony P. Kirby. Kirby Sr. is dealing a monopoly in the trade of weapons, and needs to buy one last house in a twelve block area owned by Alice's grandparent Martin Vanderhof.

However, Martin is the patriarch of an anarchic and eccentric family where the members do not care for money but for having fun and making friends. When Tony proposes Alice, she states that it would be mandatory to introduce her simple and lunatic family to the snobbish Kirbys. There is an inevitable clash of classes and lifestyles, the Kirbys spurn the Sycamores and Alice breaks with Tony, changing the lives of the Kirby family.


If you go


The student preview is Thursday, Mar. 20. The public is invited for three shows at Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington:

  • Friday, Mar. 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday Mar. 22  ay 7 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Mar.  23  at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. Reserved tickets are available NOW at www.rodrama.com for $11 for adults and $6 for students.

Source: Royal Oak High School Drama Club

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