Comedy ensues in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ Final drama department debuts this week


Jordan Gerard/SGH The cast of “You Can’t Take It With You” features grades 7-12 students. Standing: Emily Guberud, Gavin Thorson, Rhiannon Skauge, Wyatt Spier, Claire Bratland, Wyatt Murphy, Vivian Kampschroer, Jacine Johanningmeier, Cierra Blaskowski, Katie Lamm and Hailey Borreson. Seated: Olivia Mendez, Lance Hegge, Jeremiah Hutchins and Vendela Parker.
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Jordan Gerard

It is perhaps a tale of two families, as opposite as families can be.

The Spring Grove Drama Department presents its spring performance of “You Can’t Take it With You” on April 26, 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnatorium. 

Tickets are $5 for students, and $7 for adults. Ice cream sundaes, floats and possibly brownies will be served for a free will donation during intermission. The show is expected to last about two hours. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

The scene is set with Grandpa Vanderhof (Lange Hegge) and his family, the Sycamores, go about with their creative lives in New York near Columbia University. They have some hobbies such as collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing plays that never get published and taking ballet lessons.

Each family member marches to the beat of his or her own drum, Director Megan Miller says. Stress, jobs and paying taxes are not for this family. 

However, their world changes when Alice Sycamore is engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby. The Sycamore family must straighten up and fly right before meeting the Kirby family. 

Comedy ensues with wrong timing and crazy events. Will Alice Sycamore get to marry Tony Kirby? You’ll have to attend the play and find out.

“It’s a rolling play. It just keeps going,” Miller said.

This play was previously performed at Spring Grove years ago. It offers a lot of fun roles for kids, she added.

“The kids are acting substantially older than they are,” Miller said. “It presents an interesting challenge.”

A challenge for the performance itself is finding the time to rehearse. A late boys basketball season, a Knowledge Bowl state competition, robotics competition and several snow days have kept rehearsals at bay.

The cast is working hard on their lines and the set in preparation for their final performance of the year, and for five seniors, their last high school performance. 

Seniors Lance Hegge, Claire Bratland, Vivian Kampschroer, Chris Lamm and Vendela Parker and stage manager Harlee Gavin have been with Miller since their eighth grade year. Some have also worked with Miller for summer productions at Ye Olde Gray Barn.

“That group and I have been doing shows since eighth grade. Roughly about 12 shows,” Miller said. “It’s going to be difficult to say goodbye.”

The cast includes 18 students, grades seven -12.

Cast list

Grandpa Vanderhoff: Lance Hegge

Essie Carmichael: Vendela Parker

Ed Carmichael: Wyatt Spier

Penny Sycamore: Vivian Kampschroer

Paul Sycamore: Brody Christiansen

Alice Sycamore: Claire Bratland

Tony Kirby: Wyatt Murphy

Mr. Kirby: Chris Lamm

Mrs. Kirby: Rhiannon Skauge

Boris Kolenkhov: Gavin Thorson

Donald: Ty Cleven

Rheba: Emily Guberud

Mr. De Pinna: Jeremiah Hutchins

Henderson: Jacine Johanningmeier

Gay Wellington: Ashton Towne

Grand Duchess Olga Katrina: Olivia Mendez

G “men”: Hailey Borreson, Katie Lamm, Cierra Blaskowski

Directed by Megan Miller; Stage Managers: Harlee Gavin and Ashton Towne; Costumes: Claire Bratland; Lights: Abby Towne; Sound: Sam Flatin; and T-shirt Design: Addison Deschler.