BETHEL – Russian ballet dancers, wrestling matches and fireworks will all be part of Gould Academy’s winter drama production, “You Can’t Take it With You.” It will be performed Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the academy’s Bingham Auditorium on Church Street.

Kaufman and Hart’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winner, “You Can’t Take it With You” takes place in the zany world of the Sycamores, a family of eccentrics. Penny Sycamore types plays in the midst of her daughter’s ballet lessons and her son-in-law’s xylophone music while Paul Sycamore and his right-hand man, Mr. DePinna, build fireworks in the basement. Various personalities ring the doorbell, including dance teacher Boris Kolenkhov and his friend, the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina. It’s all a normal evening at the Sycamore household. The play shows what happens when Alice, the Sycamore’s youngest daughter, brings home her Wall Street boyfriend.

Several local residents are involved in performing or producing the play, including: Nicole Gaidis of Bryant Pond as Essie Carmichael, Winston Booth of Hanover as Paul Sycamore, Julia Rhinelander of Newry as Alice Sycamore and Naomi Fraser of Newry, who is the stage manager.

The technical crew also has several local residents, including Dan Koris of Bethel, Jordan Cummings of Bethel and Colleen Slattery of Gilead. Other Gould students performing in the play include Stephanie Means, Clare Adams, Curtis Daniels, Kris Curtis, Erik Lightbody, Alexa Stark and Ani Hall.

The play is open to the public at no charge for admission.


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