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Limelight Players Present 'You Can't Take It With You'

Millburn High School Spring Drama premieres this weekend.

The Millburn High School Limelight Players will present its spring production of Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You”, beginning this weekend.

The performances will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Millburn High School auditorium.

Tickets are $10 in advance (until noon Friday), and $12 at the door. Tickets may also be purchased in advance via email at millburnlimelight@gmail.com. High school students can purchase tickets during lunchtime this week. Seats are reserved.

You Can’t Take It With You, directed by Paul Weinstein and produced by Arvin Arjona, is a comedy set in the 1930s. It chronicles the the offbeat Sycamore family in New York City. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder.

In contrast are the unhappy Kirbys, led by their son, Tony, who falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening.

The cast includes Millburn High School seniors Rachel Ben-Menachem (Essie Carmichael), Jordana Graifman (Rheba), Christopher McHugh (Ed Carmichael), Max Sauberman (Martin Vanderhof), Rebecca Van Voorhees (Penny Sycamore) and Ally Weissenberg (Miriam Kirby).

The cast also includes Millburn High School juniors Alec Gevarter (Paul Sycamore), Eleanor Konrad (Alice Sycamore), Nicole LaChance (Grand Duchess Olga Katrina), Aanchal Sahay (Government Agent Jane), Andrew Singer (Anthony Kirby, Sr.) and Charles Zhang (Henderson).

Rounding out the cast are Millburn High School sophomores Jillian Berkowitz (Gay Wellington), Lucy Grebin (Government Agent Mal), Leonard Santos (The Man) and Alec Wolf (Donald) as well as freshmen Jake Gluckman (Tony Kirby) and Alex Maron (Mr. DePinna).

Weinstein says he has been thrilled “not only with the level of talent of the cast and crew, but also with their willingness to do whatever it takes to make the show a success.” 

The Millburn High School Drama Club is in the process of its 2012-13 season with its 11th Annual Millburn Cares Fundraiser. The club will be raising money at the show through a bake sale and donation buckets.

To date, the Drama Club has raised more than $27,000 for AIDS/HIV organizations in the tri-state area. Any donations collected will go to Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark. 

After You Can’t Take It With You, the fundraising will continue with the Drama Club's annual benefit concert on Friday April 12 in the MHS auditorium. Limelighters, drama club members, and select MHS faculty members will perform songs from Broadway musicals.

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