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DeLand High School’s Hill Street Theatre is getting ready to bring a 1930s American classic back to life! Please join us in the school auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 12, for the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart classic You Can’t Take It With You. Tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., and the play begins at 7 p.m.

DeLand High is at 800 N. Hill Ave.

In the play, Alice Sycamore (played by Emily Hill) and Tony Kirby (Scotty Leavitt) are in love and want to get married. The only problem is that both these young people come from different sides of the tracks.

Alice works for Tony’s father, a successful Wall Street executive. Young Tony has inherited the position of vice president of the family-owned company and seems to have a bright, secure future ahead of him.

Alice is from a family whose patriarch, Grandpa Vanderhof (Vince Tatti/Tyler Mattocks), quit working on Wall Street 35 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since.

The Kirbys (Olivia Honan, Phoenix Winterrose) are a traditional, conservative family, who revere social standing and financial status as the basis of their family’s values.

The Vanderhofs, on the other hand, believe one should live one’s life as one sees fit, taking time to enjoy life’s challenges and embrace the cultural differences between the individuals who create this giant melting pot known as America.

While visiting the Vanderhof home, we meet Alice’s friendly and welcoming family. Her mother, Penny (Etzell Medrano), considers herself quite the playwright, while her sister, Essie (Ava Kelley), believes she is a ballet dancer.

Essie’s husband, Ed (Ben Roberts), is an avid xylophone player, who is also fond of using a printing press to print out everything from nightly menus to unpopular political sentiments.

Living in the house with the family is Miss DePina (Brianna Gutierrez), who delivered ice to the house eight years ago and never left. Instead, she and Paul (Mark Leavitt), Penny’s husband and Alice’s father, have a business making fireworks in the basement.

Add to this the regular nightly visits of the larger-than-life Mr. Kolenkhov (Virgil Grogan); Gay Wellington (Hannah Carlin), the actress Penny met on a bus and invited over to read her script; Rheba (Mikayla Ransom), the Vanderhofs’ live-in maid, and her boyfriend, Donald (Hunter Wilkes); the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (Olivia Rodriguez), and visitors from the IRS (Zachary Wilson) and the Department of Justice (Teresa Norton, Bella Pupello, Anne Mirgle and Kristin Cox). Needless to say, Alice is a little worried about the two families finally meeting.

This production is directed by Jenny Sejansky and stage-managed by Tanelisse Garcia-Gonzalez and Amber Wheeler.

If you’ve never seen a Hill Street Theatre production, it’s about time you do.

These students have been performing in area theaters like the Athens, Shoestring, and the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach. Their talent is most impressive, and they are certain to give you a wonderful night at the theater.

We hope to see you there!


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