On June 27, BYU-Idaho theatre production, “You Can’t Take It with You” had its opening night.
The show is a romantic comedy which tells the love story of Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby along with their very different families, Sycamore’s and Vanderhof’s.
“Alice comes from a very eccentric family with a lot of characters,” said Trevor Hill, director of the play. “Toni and his family are very buttoned down, I guess normal. So Alice believes there might be some conflict in these two families finally meeting and perhaps this relationship won’t work.”
He said at the center of the show it’s a story of love but also family.
“It’s very fun when we finally get to see these two families meet,” Hill said. “We get to see these two very different life philosophies coming and clashing.”
Hill said they choose to put this play on at this time because it is an American classic and the show run through Fourth of July week.
Hill said he was worried the show would be outdated since it was written in 1936, but he said he still thinks it still reads for the modern audience.
“I think it’s just a real classic piece of American literature, and I hope audiences come and have a good time and can allow themselves to immerse themselves into the world we are trying to create,” Hill said.
Hill said he began preparing for this show several months ago by getting together with those who would be involved in staging, costumes, design and lighting.
“The pre-production phase started six months ago,” Hill said. “We have conversations about what the show will sound like and feel like.”
In that process, Hill said, is where they talk about what themes that stand out in the show and what they hope the audience will take away from the show.
Hill said one of his favorite things about being a director is the casting process which took place at the end of April.
“Since then we’ve been in nightly rehearsals and working scenes, talking about characters and trying to stage it and trying to bring what’s on the page to life,” Hill said.
He said he hopes through the staging the audience will be able to also immerse themselves into the story.
“That’s ultimately the goal, to let people for a period of time forget and relax and have a good laugh,” Hill said.
The main takeaway Hill hopes the audience take away from the play is to think about what really is important to them.
“What I am hoping people do as they walk away is maybe be thinking about ‘what’s most important to me,’” Hill said.
Hill said although the approach the two families in the show to live this idea might not be ideal, he likes the sentiment behind it.
“I do like the sentiment of focusing on what really matters, whether that is family, some kind of hobby you like to do,” Hill said. “Instead of saying, ‘I’ll get to that someday’ say ‘no, what’s stopping me from starting that now.’ If we are constantly waiting for somedays, the opportunity will probably pass us by.”
For more information about the show schedule and ticket prices you can visit tickets.byui.edu