Tarleton theater’s first show of the season: ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Emily Cowart—

Staff Writer

Theater at Tarleton State University presents the first play of the 2016-2017 season, “You Can’t Take It With You.”

The poster for the production, "You Can't Take It With You." Photo by Ashley Ford, Texan News.

The poster for the production, “You Can’t Take It With You.”
Photo by Ashley Ford, Texan News.

The production takes place in the 1930s between the Sycamore and Kirby families. Tony Kirby has fallen in love with Alice Sycamore, and “brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening,” Fine Arts Operations Manager Lori LaRue said.

“You Can’t Take It With You” was selected as the season opener because “we wanted something that was light to open our season. This play is such a classic and the humor provides a great learning experience for the students. The style is different from the modern humor that the students are used to,” Director Mark Holtorf said.

The cast and crew rehearse for two and a half to three hours each night, Sunday through Thursday over a span of five weeks, said Holtorf.

Holtorf said their theatre productions typically bring in a profit to cover expenses with a little left over for the next show.

“We are for the most part self-supporting. The university gives us great facilities and a professional staff and we try to bring in enough money to pay for the materials used to build the shows. We generate about 15-20 thousand at the box office and spend that on the materials and royalties for the productions,” Holtorf said.

“You Can’t Take It With You” opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater of the Clyde H. Wells fine arts center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, Tarleton faculty and staff and $5 for Tarleton students with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in the fine arts center from 2:00 p.m. to the opening of the show.

For more information, contact the box office at 254-968-9634.

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