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April 13, 2009

Birmingham-Southern College theatre to perform seldom produced Kaufman and Hart comedy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College students, faculty and staff will produce and perform the ensemble show “You Can't Take It With You.” Performances will be April 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the BSC College Theatre Mainstage.

The BSC production of the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart contains a message that is particularly timely, says Alan Litsey, BSC professor of theatre, and is at least as timely as its original writing and production in 1936 because of the similarities of the economic climates.

“It embraces the idea of making the most of the moment,” says Litsey.

BSC senior theatre major Elisabeth Tutwiler from Mountain Brook, who is the lighting designer for the production, will deliver a special presentation titled “Lighting, Acting and Leading: The Memoirs of a Theatre Major” at a pre-theatre reception on opening night. The reception, hosted by the Birmingham-Southern College Fine Arts Society, will take place in the BSC Admission Welcome Center Husley Hall at 6 p.m.

BSC sophomore theatre major John McGinnis from northeast Birmingham, who is a non-traditional adult student, will play the role of Martin Vanderhoff.

Other cast members include Jordan Crenshaw, a sophomore from Athens who will play the role of Alice; Amanda Kramer, a senior from Alabaster who will play the role of Penny; Brandon McCabe, a junior from Montgomery who will play the role of Tony; and Connor McVey, a freshman from Vestavia who will play the role of Paul.

General admission tickets are $10. For tickets and additional information, contact the College Theatre Box Office at 205/226-4780. Reservations are required for the opening night pre-theatre reception at a cost of $15 per person. Deadline for reservations is April 20. Call 205/226-4921, or contact Tickets for the play must be purchased separately.

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