The Elk County Footlighters will return to the stage this weekend with a dinner theatre production of “You Can’t Take it With You.”
The group will be performing at Aiello’s Café on North Broad Street in Ridgway on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 15 through March 17. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Footlighter member and play director Mike Ames said the comedic antics in the play will appeal to a broad audience.
"I enjoy the older comedies like that, ones from the 1930s," Ames said. "A movie was based on it and we thought people would be familiar with the title."
The 1938 movie, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, was adapted into a screenplay by Robert Riskin. It tells a story about a man from a wealthy, snobbish family and his engagement to a girl with a rather eccentric family. Alice Sycamore is a stenographer in love with her boss, Tony Kirby. He is the vice president of a company owned by his father, and his father, the patriarch of greed, is in the middle of negotiations to buy up land in a 12-block area to cement his monopoly on an area business. He bought up all the houses except for one - and the lone holdout is Alice's grandfather, who refuses to sell. Tony and Alice become engaged and determine that their families, who are very different from each other, should meet. Unfortunately, Tony shows up with his parents a day earlier than expected, and naturally, all kinds of interesting situations occur with this dynamic, including fireworks going off in the basement.
The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and director Frank Capra took home an Academy Award for Best Director for the movie. In addition to Capra, the cast was not full of slouches, either - Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller, Edward Arnold and the great Lionel Barrymore also starred in the film.
Ames said the members of Footlighters are enjoying the fact that there are so many available roles in "You Can't Take it With You."
"It has a lot of characters in it. It has a lot of opportunities for people to be involved," Ames said.
Tickets for the dinner and show are available at Aiello's, The Village Peddler, Elk County Council on the Arts, and Cliffe's and the Prescription Center. Reservations can be made by calling 772-6767.
The performance is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., in New York.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, March 13, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.