'You Can't Take It With You'

Colleen Manzi

The cast of MoCo Arts’ High School Play, “You Can’t Take It with You.”

High school students at MoCo Arts will perform “You Can’t Take It with You” Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in The Founder’s Theatre at MoCo Arts in Keene.

The Pulitzer Prize winning play first premiered on Broadway in 1936 and was adapted for the big screen in 1938 with the release of the romantic comedy of the same name directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur.

The show will be performed by MoCo Arts students in 9th through 12th grade and will be directed by Peterborough Players actors Bridget Beirne and Tom Frey.

“Playwrights Kaufmann and Hart threw everything comedically they could at this play,” said co-director of MoCo Arts’ High School Play Tom Frey. “From farce to slapstick, wordplay to sight gags and sit-com, ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ is a perfect vehicle for comedic technique. It endures because at the heart of it the authors are asking the question, ‘What happens when we choose to live our lives according to our own desires, rather than other peoples’ expectations?’ ”

Tickets are $14 for general admission and can be purchased at MoCo Arts, 40 Roxbury St., Keene, or by calling 357-2100.

Information: www.moco.org.