“You Can’t Take It With You” opens next week at the Wayne Center

The Wayne County Performing Arts Council will present the comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster.

The play opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and continues with performances at 7 p.m. on October 1 and 8, and matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays, October 2 and 9.

This 1936 comedy from Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman centers on the goofy Sycamore family who have a house full of interesting characters.

Daughter Alice (played by April Aspiras and Jenny Karger) has fallen in love with a rich man’s son, Tony Kirby (played by Tim Godek), and when it’s time to meet his family, chaos ensues. The family members are Grandpa (Ryan Takko); Penny (Lynne Ayres), who fancies herself a playwright; the artist Essie (Guinevere Steensen), who fancies herself a talented dancer; her husband, Ed Carmichael (Brian Luck); and fireworks guru Paul Sycamore (Tim Breiner).

Rounding out this wacky family are dance instructor Madame Kolenkhov (Sheryl Villegas), Mr. DePinna (Joe Villegas), Rheba (Mady Stambaugh), and Donald (Peter Piper). Visitors to Sycamore House who witness their goofy antics are Mr. Kirby (Brandon Leatherman), Mrs. Kirby (Sandy Streit), Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (Maggie Leatherman), Henderson (Sutherland Singenstreu), J-woman (Carla Chaffin), Mac (Samuel Gonzalez), Jim (Ken Karger) and the Bag Lady (Juliette Karger).

The show is directed by Linda Karger and assisted by Kay Anderson, both WaCPAC veterans. The play was so fun to do seven years ago that Karger decided to take over the show with several cast members reprising their roles.

“They’re one of the finest bands I’ve worked with in a directing career that’s spanned over 50 years,” Karger said.

Tickets are on sale at www.wacpac.org and cost $12 each or $40 for a four-pack for general seating.

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