Fall play marries humor with meaning


Anna Malesis, Managing Editor

A bit of romance, a lot of comedy, and a message: the fall play, You Can’t Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, had everything you could ask for in a production.

It opened on Friday, November 14, and the final show was on Saturday, November 22.

The play featured junior Jacqueline Rayfield as Alice Sycamore, the only normal person in a big, happy—but eccentric—family, and follows her comedic struggle to introduce her crazy relatives to her new fiancé, Tony Kirby, played by senior Aidan McEntire, and his prim and proper parents.

The contrast between the two families couldn’t be more stark. The Sycamores do what makes them happy, even if they aren’t good at it or it doesn’t make much money, while the Kirby’s head up a large corporation, not because they enjoy it, but for income alone.

In the end, audiences learns to do what they love and enjoy life instead of worrying about money.

“It’s a fun story,” McEntire said. “It’s pretty good, but the message at the end is really important. It’s not only true, but even though it was written in the 30s, the message is still relevant today.”

The Patriot Players had a great time putting on the show, having started working on it when school began this year.

“My favorite part of this production was the cast,” McEntire said. “Everyone fit their roles really, really well. They do a fantastic job, and working with them is just really fun.”

Although the Patriot Players can’t be nominated for any 5th Avenue Awards for this show, it was a hit with audiences.

“The crowd was laughing a lot, and some people even cried because they were so touched by the ending,” Rayfield said.

“The characters were really quirky, which made it really entertaining,” senior Jordan Raymond said. “The actors did a great job in their roles, taking on their character’s characteristics.”

The drama program’s next production will be the traveling children’s play, British comedy Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, with shows at Apollo, Newcastle, Briarwood, and Maple Hills elementary schools beginning in mid-January.