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By Brittany Allen
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GHS Drama Club returns with comic classic


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THERE'S NO U-HAUL ON A HEARSE: The Frank Capra comic romp You Can't Take It With You featured James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, and Jean Arthur in 1938. The classic is being performed by the Goldendale High School Drama Club on Nov. 11 and 12 and again on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. all dates. Admission is $6 for general public, $5 for students and seniors.

After a two-year unintended hiatus, Goldendale High School Drama Club will be returning to the Goldendale Grange Hall next Friday with Moss Hart and George Kauffman's You Can't Take It With You. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1936 and then was made into a film in 1938 that won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Capra.

According to director and high school English teacher, Maryanna Kruse, the play was originally written during the Great Depression "when people needed a good laugh."

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FUNHOUSE ON STAGE: The action is madcap and non-stop in You Can't Take it With You.

The plot proves to be just as sporadic as the whims of the family it follows. As relayed by Kruse, the play "revolves around the Vanderhof/Sycamore family who all basically 'follow their bliss' to print with a printing press, write plays about monasteries and brothels, practice ballet, darts, manufacture fireworks, and make candy . Grandfather Vanderhof has never paid income tax, but neither has Ed Carmichael, his grandsonin-law , but that is because the latter only made about $25.50 in an entire year . Even for 1936, that is not much. Grandpa lives off his income from property and is able to support his three generation extended family so that they can all pursue whatever it is that strikes their fancy . Enter conflict with Alice, the somewhat normal granddaughter who has a real job as a secretary with a corporate office at Wall Street. She is in love with the boss's son, and the fireworks begin- real and metaphorical. As Ernst Lubitch (a famous Hollywood director from the same era) once said, "Act I is getting the hero up a tree,Act II is shooting at him, and Act III is getting him down out of the tree." That really describes the plot of this play that also includes Russian refugees from the Revolution, cousins of the murdered czar , drunk actresses who come to read one of Penny's (daughter of Martin Vanderhof) plays, as well as an ice man who came to deliver ice and stayed for eight years to make fireworks!

Like the title says, you can't take it with you so, the synopsis ends here. If you want to know the rest of what happens in this whirlwind "screwball comedy ," you'll just have to go see it. Opening night is Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The play will be showing for two weekends: Nov. 11 and 12, and Nov. 18 and 19, and tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $6 for adults.


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