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DeKalb High School to stage ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKalb High School students will perform Kaufman and Hart’s 1930 play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” on Nov. 8 through 11.   

This zany comedy relates what happens when an engaged couple, Alice and Tony, invite both of their families to meet each other for dinner at Alice’s home. Alice’s middle-class loving, but eccentric family, encourages creativity and wants everyone to pursue what makes them happy. Tony’s father is a wealthy banker and his mother a snob, who both disapprove of the engagement. When Tony’s family arrives for a dinner a night early, the two distinct families encounter each other and their very different ways of living and social standings.  

This play reflects some of the cultural differences between a wealthy family, a middle class family, and how the help relates to the middle class family and their wealthy guest in 1930. While presented with humor, this play portrays how different cultures and groups have different values, beliefs, and rules about how people should act and live.

The 1938 film version of this play directed by Frank Capra won two Academy Awards.

The production will be directed by one of DeKalb High School’s former students, Michael Apperson, who completed his BFA in acting at Northern Illinois University in 2007 and is now pursuing his Masters of Arts in Teaching at Rockford College with certification in drama/theater.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 through 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. DeKalb High School is located at 501 W. Dresser Road.

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