When you walk into the Mason High School auditorium, the smell of paint and sounds of discussion fill the air. Jason Konkel directs the commotion of choosing costumes and the placement of performers onstage.
“We open in two weeks guys!” he yells.
The fall play is “You Can’t Take It With You.” Written in 1936 by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, it follows the story of the wacky but loveable, Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael family and their affairs in their large New York City home.
“As the patriarch of the family, he really is just a happy-go-lucky kind of guy,” said senior Christian DeMoss, 17, who plays the head of the family, Grandpa Martin Vanderhof.
Melody Gorishek, 18, also a senior, plays Grandpa’s daughter, Penny Sycamore. “She is the matriarch of the family. She is very eclectic and cares about her family very much. She likes to paint and write plays,” said Gorishek.
And then you have Alice Sycamore, daughter to Penny, played by senior Carly Picard, 17. “In the crazy family, she is the most normal one,” said Picard. “Alice is very close with her grandpa, who is the only one who gets her. She worries that she will never find love because of her family, but realizes everything will be fine.”
Konkel is in his fourth year at Mason but has more than 10 years of teaching experience.
“You Can’t Take It With You” debuts on Thursday, Nov. 9, and runs through Nov. 11. All shows are at 7 p.m.
Seniors and students are $5 and adults are $7.