'You Can't Take it With You' presented by KHS

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Feb. 4, 2013
John Keeley and Megan Muraco play Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore in the play. Photos by D. Coffey.
John Keeley and Megan Muraco play Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore in the play. Photos by D. Coffey.

Killingly High School English teacher Rachel Lacy kept a close eye on her actors and actresses as they rehearsed for “You Can't Take it With You.” She paid particular attention to Spencer LaBelle as he read the lines for his character, Ed Carmichael. When he finished, she stopped the rehearsal.

Lacy wanted LaBelle to realize his delivery had to convey Ed's fascination with all things printable. “You're obsessed with printing cards and menus and circulars,” she said. “Be excited about it. Keep your inflections up. Can you deliver the line again?”

LaBelle went through his line a second time. “Good,” Lacy said. And the rehearsal moved forward.

It was LaBelle's first rehearsal as Ed, and he was trying to make up for lost time. The student originally cast as Ed broke his arm and had to step down. Thankfully, LaBelle stepped in. It was just one more hurdle the cast has had to deal with since work began on the play.

“People have been sick. We've had mid-terms. I hurt my back and we lost a week. It's been tough,” Lacy said. Lucky for her that the cast is already one great big family.

“We've all been friends through high school,” said senior Jon Keeley.

“This group is a family,” said Majenta Sinardi. “We're going to throw our hearts into it as our last show.”

Megan Muraco said the closeness of the group will come through in the show. She and Keeley play love-struck Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore. While they love each other, they come from families that couldn't be more different. The Sycamores are free spirits, more concerned with doing what they love than making money. The Kirbys are the exact opposite. The show revolves around the two lovers and their coming to terms with their different backgrounds, and how they bring their disparate families together.

“I think we can all relate to weird families,” said Michael Gleason, who plays Grandpa. “The moral of the story is it's important to love your family, no matter what.”

Tickets are $10. The show will run at KHS from Feb. 28 to March 3. Call 860-779-6620 for information.

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