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'You Can't Take it With You' Is Mainstage Play

Published Tuesday, October 25, 2016


The second show of SMSU Theatre’s season is the classic American comedy, You Can’t Take It With You. Performances are Oct. 25-29 at 7:30 p.m. and October 30 at 2:00 p.m. Dinner theatre is available Saturday, Oct. 29. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $10 and are available at and at the door. The performance on Tuesday, Oct. 25 is free to SMSU students with a valid student ID.

The dinner theatre available on Oct. 29 is an add-on option for $22 (for a total price of $32 for dinner and the show), and must be booked by Oct. 24. The dinner features a menu created and prepared by the SMSU Student Hospitality Opportunities (SHO) Club. The menu will have an autumn harvest theme. A vegetarian entrée option will be available. Dinner seating will be 5:45-6:15 p.m. in Individualized Learning 117, the Culinology Restaurant.

You Can’t Take It With You is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that has delighted audiences for 80 years and centers around the eccentric characters of the Sycamore family. The Sycamores’ more conventional daughter Alice falls in love with Tony, son of the straitlaced Kirbys. When the Kirbys come to dinner at the Sycamore house, all kinds of mayhem breaks loose, throwing Alice and Tony’s romance into doubt. Toss in a few government agents, an exiled Russian Grand Duchess, and a drunken actress, and it’s anybody’s guess how it will all work out!

You Can’t Take It With You is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre and SMSU Theatre Arts alumnus Mike Lenz of Cottonwood, Minn., who is also the scenic, lighting, and sound designer, and technical director. Professor of Theatre Sheila Tabaka of Marshall, Minn., is the costume designer. Jaylee Schanus, a sophomore Theatre Arts major from Willmar, Minn., is the Stage Manager. Professor of Theatre Nadine Purvis Schmidt of Estelline, S.D., is the producer.  The cast and major crew include:

Wyatt Albers, a freshman Political Science major, Communication Studies and Theatre minor, from Winthrop, Minn., as Boris Kolenkhov.
Emilie Baartman, a senior Theatre Arts and Broadcast & Digital Media double major from Brandon, S.D., as Miriam Kirby.
Morgan Benson, a junior Theatre Arts major from Tracy, Minn., as Penelope Sycamore. Benson is also the publicity manager.
Lindsey Brace, a senior Early Childhood Special Education major and Spanish minor from Montevideo, Minn., as Essie Carmichael.
Alex Castro, a community member from Marshall, Minn., as Paul Sycamore.
Sariah Cheadle, a sophomore Exercise Science major with minors in English, Theatre, and Coaching, from Fulda, Minn., as Gay Wellington.
Jenny Homan, a senior Theatre Arts major from Marshall, Minn., as G-Man 1.
Syed Ahad Hussain, a freshman Broadcast & Digital Media major and Theatre Arts minor from Karachi, Pakistan, as Wilbur C. Henderson.
Kristen Johnston, a freshman Education major from Faribault, Minn., as G-Man 2.
Oak Kelsey, a community member and ’95 SMSU Theatre alumnus from Marshall, Minn., as Martin Vanderhof.
Jen Keohen, a senior Marketing major and Spanish minor from Shakopee, Minn., as Ms. De Pinna.
Antonio Ledbetter, a sophomore Psychology major and Justice Administration minor, from Cartersville, Ga., as G-Man 3.
Seth Lewis, a senior Psychology major from Sioux Falls, S.D., as Ed Carmichael.
Whittney McCamish, a freshman History Education major from Ellendale, Minn., as Rheba.
Téa McConkey, a homeschool student from Marshall, Minn., as Alice Sycamore.
Matthew Rich, a Marshall High School senior and SMSU dual enrollment student from Marshall, Minn., as Anthony W. Kirby.
Caitlin Schmidt, a freshman Math Education major from Gaylord, Minn., as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina.
Fernando Tabares, a senior Professional Writing & Communications major with minors in Philosophy and Biology, from Minneota, Minn., as Donald.
Dean Zinda, a sophomore Culinology and Hospitality Management major from Oak Creek, Wis., as Tony Kirby.
Malorie Hudson, a sophomore Early Childhood Education major and Theatre Arts minor from Rochester, Minn., is the house manager.


You Can’t Take It With You is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. For more information, please call the Theatre Office at (507) 537-7103.


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