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Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department Opens Season with Affectionate Rendition of "You Can't Take it With You"

Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department Opens Season with Affectionate Rendition of "You Can't Take it With You"

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Theatre Department will open its new season with an affectionate rendition of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s vintage comedy, You Can’t Take it With You.

     The production will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 and Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, October 21 and 28, in the Studio Theatre of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the UPJ campus.

     Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize, this visit with the lovable Sycamore family sounded an upbeat message to a nation frazzled by the Great Depression, an underscoring of the need to move past the loss of material possessions to the importance of love and human connection.

     Audiences will enjoy the spectacle of the “normal” daughter, Alice Sycamore’s attempt to marry into a conventional family against the backdrop of her eccentric home, where xylophone music, ballet lessons, playwriting, fireworks, a printing press, and pet snakes are the norm, with occasional visits from tax collectors and the FBI.

     Featured in the large cast are Rachel Abraham, Mark Kantoski, Chris Girardot, Margaret Valdez, Curtis Caldwell, Michelina Pollini, Ali Shettima, Dance Drier, Kristen Farabaugh, Andrew Miller, and Lauren Wahl, with guest performances by Charles Amershek and Douglas Meagher.

     UPJ welcomes guest director Scott Baron.  Scenic design is by James Moore, costumes by Linda Capp, lighting and sound by Michael Feight, with properties, make-up and hairstyles by Pat Fenchak.

     For additional information, contact Rodney Eatman, UPJ Theatre Department director, at 814-269-7232.

     Tickets may be purchased by calling the Artsline at 1-800-846-ARTS from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  Tickets are $10.  Discount tickets of $7 are being offered to senior citizens (over 65 years of age), students under 18 and members of the Pitt Johnstown community (faculty, staff, students and members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association who carry the “gold card”).  The box office is open for in-person sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The box office opens one hour before performances.

     UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through:  excellent faculty teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research, and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff, and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning programs; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology and the arts.

Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 10/11/2007 8:00:00 AM