Congratulations to the MHS Theater Ensemble cast and crew of You Can’t Take It With You for three outstanding weekend performances of the popular play. This great ensemble delivered a timely—and timeless—message of valuing what matters, and they delivered it with a good dose of humor added for good measure.
Thank you to Director of Theater and Dance Jennifer Jordan for casting and assembling a terrific collection of students, who shined in all three performances this weekend. The effort that all put into the show and pride in their work was quite evident. Well done!
The MHS production starred Jayme McGuigan ’18 as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa, Jasmine Briggs ’19 as Alice Sycamore, and Emily Carmel ’20 and Trudy Fadding ’19 as Alice’s parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher, a recent graduate of nearby Taconic High School, played Tony Kirby, while Gabby Hinkley ’18 and Miriam Myers ’18 played Tony’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby.
The show featured Hannah Holt ’21 as Alice’s sister, Essie; Rose Battista ’19 as Essie’s husband, Ed Carmichel; Ainsley Schuth ’19 as Boris Kolenkhov, Essie’s eccentric ballet teacher; and Ivy Wang ’19 as Paul Sycamore’s assistant, Mr. De Pinna. Additional performers included Sam Elliott ’19 as a “J-man” and Wilbur Henderson, the IRS investigator; Judy Li ’18 as Rheba, the maid; Erica Morales-Armstrong ’20 as Donald, Rheba’s boyfriend; Michela Laurin ’18 as actress Gay Wellington; Alicia Bravo ’18 as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina; and Z Hypolite ’19 and Ingrid O’Dell ’19 as J-Men.
The technical crew included Olivia Kinne ’18 and Ingrid O’Dell ’19 as Stage Managers; Lomesia Allen ’20, Faia Kronick ’19, and Soleil Laurin ’20 as Costume Assistants; and Mere Hall ’20 as Prop Assistant. Dawn Ndahiro ’19 was Sound Designer/Operator, Clarice Dong ’19 and Irene Kim ’18 designed the program, and Anna Kim ’18 was the House Manager. Additionally, the Horizons Arts Council—Clarice Dong ’19, Cheko France ’19, Dawn Ndahiro ’19, Irene Kim ’18, Ainsley Schuth ’19, and Scarlett Wang ’19—designed the lobby of the Klein Arts Center.
In all, more than three dozen students contributed countless hours to perform and produce the show and to build the set. The production also benefited from the assistance of MHS faculty and staff members, as well as from supporters in the area’s theater community. Great job, everyone!