This archived article was written by: Valeria Moncada
One week and counting for the Caine College of the Arts and Eastern-USU Theatre opening of Kaufman and Hart’s classic American comedy, You Can’t Take it with You being directed by Corey Ewan, Ph.D. Performance dates are Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1, 3-4, and 6-8 in the Geary Theatre.
Wilford Woodruff, a graduate of USU-Eastern, plays Paul Sycamore. He attended Carbon High School in his hometown is Price. His favorite scene in the play is when the J-men show up. “The play will change your life, it helps set aside the world and show what really matters.”
Andrew Mahalik, a sophomore at USU-Eastern, plays Tony Kirby. He attended Northwest Career & Technical Academy. His hometown is Las Vegas, Nev. Mahalik’s favorite scene in the play is right after the J-men come to arrest everyone at the end of act 2. “The fireworks display is intense, exciting and surprising.”
He also likes the unintentionally naughty game played by the Sycamore’s and the Kirby’s. “Everyone should come to the play because I’m in it and it will be a grand performance, also anything directed by the great Dr. Ewan will be a hit. It’s a comedy and story that people will enjoy.”
Timothy Swensen, a freshmen at USU-Eastern, plays the head J-man. Swensen attended Stansbury High and his hometown is Stansbury Park. His favorite line in the play is, “Everybody got sex?” Swensen says, “It’s a funny, light-hearted, family show with a great message.”
Annie Morey, a sophomore at USU-Eastern, plays Penny Sycamore. Morey attended Olympus High School in Salt Lake City. Morey’s favorite line in the movie is “Kenneth, my virginity is a priceless thing to me!” She says people should attend the play because “it helps them escape from the daily trials and tribulations of life.”
Lisha Michel, a freshmen at USU-Eastern, is the stage manager of the play. Michel is from Clearfield and attended Clearfield High. Her favorite line in the play is, “A balloon needs plenty of time.” She added, “It’s a really fun show with a lot of heart and tons of laughs.”
Bethany Woodruff, a sophomore at USU-Eastern, plays Alice Sycamore. Woodruff attended Aberdeen Grammar School and is from Aberdeen, Scotland. Her favorite scene of in the play is, “Lemme get my pipe will ya? Lemme get my pipe!” by Depinna when he is escorted out of the cellar with the police/J-men.
“This play is definitely a taste of how eccentric families can be, but it highlights the fact that no matter what kind of family you came from, you love them unconditionally and you will leave this play realizing that. Definitely a cheesy/feel good show that is worth seeing,” said Woodruff.
Madison Alleman, a junior at Carbon High school in her home town of Price. Alleman’s favorite moment in the play is the moment that the kirby’s show up unexpectedly. “I love the silence then the chaos,” she said. It’s a hysterical play and it’s a nice ‘feel-good’ play.”
Tyrell Clement, a freshmen at USU-Eastern who attended Emery High School and is from Huntington. Clement plays Boris Kolenkhov. His favorite moment in the play is the awkward moment before every one meets the Kirby’s. “Seeing this play will be educational, hilarious, and well worth your time.”
Savana Miller, a freshmen at USU-Eastern, attended Altamont High and is from Bluebell, Utah. Miller plays Essie Carmichael. Her favorite line in the play is “Did you ask grandpa about us having a baby?” “Oh yes, he said go right ahead.” Miller said, “The play is Hilarious and love filled story line. There is also tons of great talent starring in this play.”
Scott Zabroski, a third-year student at USU-Eastern is from Saint George. Zabroski’s favorite line from the play is “Everybody got sex?” He says, “Seeing a theatre performance gives you the chance to forget all the bad parts of life for two hours, forget reality and stop time.
Bill Gibson, post grad attended East Carbon High and is from Dragerton, Utah. Gibson plays Wilbar C. Henderson. His favorite line from the play is “You owe the government twenty four years back income tax.” He says everyone should go to he play for a good time.
Jerid Clark is a sophomore at USU-Eastern from Wellington. Clark attended Carbon High School. He plays Ed Carmichael and his favorite line from the play is, “My xylophone! How will I get my xylophone out?” Clark says to attend the play because “it will be one of the most amazing nights of your life.”
Seth Burgess is a freshmen at USU-Eastern from Price and attended Carbon High School. His favorite scene from the play is where Alice and Tony are trying to have a private moment, and everyone is interrupting them. “Yes sir, only they didn’t have Frank Furlers, so I got pickled pigs feet instead!” Burgess said, “This is going to be hilarious, come for a good laugh! We have the most talented cast ever.”
Dr. Ewan’s wife, Tammy, added her favorite scene or moment, “This play and the film have been a favorite of ours for the 26 years of our marriage. There is no particular scene or moment. The whole play is delightful. However, I do like the fireworks part and when Mr. Kirby accepts the differences between the families and joins them. Maybe we love it so much because our home is very similar to the one in the play.”
If asked why someone should see the play-“It teaches us what is really important; being true to yourself and that home and family is a metter of the heart and that there is always room at the table for one more.”
Ticket prices for USU Eastern students is $1 with a student activity card, without ID $5; faculty and staff $5; adults $10; high school and all other students are $5; senior citizens are $7.