Eccentricity Reigns! Palm Canyon Theatre Presents YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
If you thought YOU'RE family was strange --- the Palm Canyon Theatre introduces audiences to an extremely eccentric family, the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael clan, as the regional repertory theatre presents You Can't Take It With You, March 16-19. The classic comedic play, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1938, the adapted film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, Frank Capra.
Derik Shopinski is directing the PCT production and zany cast, which includes PCT company members Corbett Brattin, Morgana Corelli, Ron Coronado, Tom Warrick, Suzie Thomas Wourms, and others. Each character in the play has a unique hobby or defining quirk, which provides the show with funny, unexpected twists.
Corelli plays Penelope "Penny" Vanderhof Sycamore, the matriarch of the family, who writes plays and paints because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who wants to make sure everyone in the family is always happy. Brattin plays Paul Sycamore, Penny's husband, who manufactures fireworks in the family's basement. Warrick plays Martin Vanderhof, A.K.A. "Grandpa." He is Penny's father who chose to stop working as a young man, and instead "enjoy life," by going to the circus, collecting stamps, and doing anything else he pleases. Penny and Paul have two daughters, Essie and Alice.
Alice Sycamore, played by Ashley Davies, is the only "normal" family member. She has an office job, and is somewhat embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family. Daniel Zepeda plays her fiancé, Tony Kirby, who admires Alice's family because they accept each other for their differences and love each other, despite them.
Shopinski designed the costumes for the production. Sets and lighting are by J.W. Layne, who also plays Mr. DePinna, the iceman who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Paul build fireworks, and moonlights as a model for Penny's paintings!
You Can't Take It With You runs March 16-19. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Student tickets are $15, with valid ID; student tickets must be purchased at the Box Office.
For tickets, call the Palm Canyon Theatre Box Office at 760-323-5123 or order online: www.PalmCanyonTheatre.org. The Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, at the corner of Alejo Road and Palm Canyon Drive, across from Koffi inside The Corridor. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 760-323-5123.