Selma High readies for play

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 3, 2004

The students in Selma High School’s Thespian Society are gearing up for their first production of “You Can’t Take It With You,” a comedy in three acts written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.

The play is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on March 19 and 20 at the school’s renovated auditorium.

Directed by Selma High teacher Claudia Wright and performed entirely by the students, “You Can’t Take It With You” tells the story of two families who just can’t seem to get along.

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The Sycamore family is a mix of individualists who enjoy writing plays, making fireworks and collecting snakes. They operate a printing press, play music and dance.

The Kirby’s, on the other hand, are a rich but unhappy family who find the Sycamore’s behavior shocking.

The plot takes a hilarious turn when Tony Kirby falls in love with Alice Sycamore and takes his family to the Sycamore home for dinner.

According to Wright, the play is a fun lesson in life, love, and happiness.

“Some of the students started working on this play In October, but we really didn’t start rehearsals until December,” Wright said.

The cast is composed of 19 students from all grade levels, each with their own distinct character.

The cast is as follows: Ebonie Brown as Penny Sycamore; Shifra Burton as Essie Carmichael; Audreyona Gloss as Rheba; Anthony Robinson as Paul Sycamore; Nigil Mack as Mr. DePinna; Merico Dukes as Ed Carmichael; Jeremy Edwards as Donald; Gregory Ware as Martin (Grandpa) Vanderhof; Kimberly Robinson as Alice Sycamore; Christopher Harrell as Wilbur C. Henderson; Lester Thomas as Tony Kirby; Maurice Shannon as Boris Kolenkhov; Emily McMillian as Gay Wellington; Cameron Turner as Mr. Kirby; Jessica Whitehead as Mrs. Kirby; Charmeca Davis as The Man; Stephen Smith as Jim, Jonathan Williams as Mac, and Patricia Dukes as Grand Duchess Olga Katrina.

Tickets for “You Can’t Take It With You,” are $3 for students and $5 for adults. They can be purchased in the main office at Selma High School at beginning at 3:15 p.m. everyday or at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.