Park Players To Present ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Photo Provided Rehearsing a scene from their upcoming production of “You Can’t Take It With You,” from left, are Chuckie Schellhasse (on the ground), Robert Irvin (kneeling), Faith Richter (standing), Vance Mazure, and Dailey Ward; and second row, from left, Adam Marquart, Maria Goudy, Afton Aulick (seated) Laura Tighe, Reese Kefauver and Morgan Marquart.

WHEELING — What do you get when you take a living room and add a printing press, xylophone, snake case, ballet studio, typewriter and firecrackers? You get an every-man-for-himself room, or the eccentric home and creative haven of Grandpa Vanderhof and his family. Lucky audience members will get the chance to witness a classic theatrical story when the Park Players of Wheeling Park High School present their fall play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 18, 19 and 20. The play will be held in the high school’s J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center.

The curtain goes up at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday evening.

The show is sure to be a moving audience pleaser. The 1936 Pulitzer Prize winner “You Can’t Take It With You” is the tale of a zany but lovable family. For 35 years Grandpa Vanderhof has done nothing but go to commencements, throw darts and avoid income-tax payments; his son-in-law makes fireworks in the basement, his daughter writes plays, his granddaughter ballet dances and his grandson-in-law operates an amateur printing press. They live in delightfully comic eccentricity until his youngest granddaughter, Alice, brings home her Wall Street boyfriend. This timeless tale reminds us to not take life too seriously and to pursue a life that we love. Kayla Kreitzer Nelson, one of the theater directors and alumna of Wheeling Park High School, leads the production.

When asked about the production, Nelson stated, “When I was a student Wheeling Park High School, this was the first Park Players production where I was an audience member and I can remember falling in love with theater in that moment.

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