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Calumet Players take to the stage

‘You Can’t Take it With You’ premieres today

May 3, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - You can't take it with you, so enjoy life while you live it.

That's the philosophy followed by the Sycamore family in the eccentric three-act play "You Can't Take It With You," by George S. Kaufman.

The Calumet Players present a roaring rendition of "You Can't Take It With You" at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Calumet Theatre.

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The Calumet Players rehearse a scene from “You Can’t Take it With You”?Tuesday at the Calumet Theatre. The play, written by George S. Kaufman, will take place at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Calumet Theatre.

The play surrounds a quirky yet loving family who accepts each other's differences and supports the many people who live in Grandpa's house. Set in the 1940s, the family members each have their own interests, whether it be writing plays, dancing or even fireworks. None of the family members, however, are particularly good at what they do.

"One of the daughters is a ballet dancer and she makes candy," said director Mike Aubin. "She's married to Ed who plays a xylophone and runs a printing press."

The matriarch, Penny, writes a large variety of plays after a typewriter was delivered to the house by mistake many years ago.

"One of the daughters falls in love with the son of a president of a company," Aubin said.

The daughter invites the man and his family over for dinner, however, they come on the wrong night and are able to see the eccentric family at Grandpa's house in their true fashion.

"The rich Kirby family is taken back," he said.

What follows is wacky evening of comedy featuring a cast of 17.

In the 1980s, the Calumet Players performed the show and Aubin said it was time to bring the show back.

"It's a hilarious show," he said. "There is so much going on. Some people may identify with this family. They really, truly love each other."

Tickets are $12 each and can be reserved at the theatre or purchased at the door.



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