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PHS presents

October 19, 2011

Poteau High School has announced its upcoming production
of the Kaufman and Hart classic "You Can’t Take It With
You" under the direction of new English, Speech, and Drama
instructor Lauren Peck.
Peck, a native of Poteau, says she is pleased to return home
and to work with the youth of the Poteau community.
“I’ve always wanted to make my way back here,” said
Peck. For the past seven years, Peck attended college and
taught in western Kansas. “It feels wonderful to be back with
people who know me and sharing what I love with students.”
"You Can’t Take It With You" is the story of the family of
Martin Vanderhoff, a man who 30 years prior to the events of
the story, quit business and has been collecting snakes or
going to commencements ever since. In his home are his
daughter, Penny, her husband Paul Sycamore, their oldest
daughter Essie and her husband Ed Carmichael, their youngest
daughter Alice, and a slew of friends that come to visit and
never seem to leave. Each of these characters strongly
believes in doing what you want to do, which is why some of
them paint, write plays, build fireworks in the basement, play
xylophone, or take up dancing, just to name a few. Though
lovable, their ideas of creative expression make each character
seem odd to the outside world.
Alice has fallen in love with the vice president of Kirby
and Company, Tony Kirby. Alice is sure that she loves Tony,
but doesn’t see how her family will ever get along with his
wealthy and well-bred family. Tony insists that she is worrying
about nothing. Everything is going smoothly until Tony
accidentally brings his parents over for dinner a night early.
The Kirby’s find the sycamore family in rare form, setting
tensions high. Chaos ensues when a few government agents
come to investigate some interesting printing matter that Ed
has been sending around town. After a night in jail, will
Tony’s parents ever allow him to marry Alice?
The curtains will rise on Friday, November 18 and run
through November 20. Friday and Saturday performances
will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will begin at
2 p.m. Tickets for adults are priced at $5, $3 for students and
seniors, and $2 for faculty, staff, and students of Poteau
Schools. Tickets to the production can be purchased at the
door before each performance. For advance tickets, please
email Lauren Peck at peckl@phs.poteau.k12.ok.uspeckl@
phs.poteau.k12.ok.us.

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