Cast Looks Forward to ‘You Can’t Take It With You,’ Now In Rehearsal

Director Denny Charbonnet leads a rehearsal of the upcoming Marian Player production, “You Can’t Take It with You.” (photo by: Zac Russ)

(COVINGTON, La.) —  The St. Paul’ s School Marian Players are currently in rehearsals with their fall production of  “You Can’t Take It With You,” which is scheduled to open Nov. 2.

“I’m happy about the play,” junior Isaac Hebert, who landed one of the lead roles, said. “(Being in the play) is a chance to be louder than life as long as you make it great and make it fun.”

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart about focusing on life and its values, instead of money.

Isaac Hebert, who portrays Boris Kolenkhov, exchanges dialogue with Nico Arcuri, who portrays Granpa. (photo by: Zac Russ)

“This play is referred to as ‘The Father of Family Sitcoms,” Director Denny Charbonnet said. “It’s a real funny show.”

One of the relatively small cast of 24 characters, junior Christian Butler, who plays another primary role, is a new student to St. Paul’s but is no stranger to the theatrical arts.

“I was in ‘Hello Dolly,’ and I had a minor role in that play. I am excited to be working with all these people,” Butler said.

Cast members are looking forward to rehearsals and Opening Night. The read-through on the first rehearsal was quite a kick, according to Charbonnet.

“When we had the cast here in the theatre on the night of the read-through, we all laughed from beginning to end,” Charbonnet said.

Casting the actors and actresses was quite a challenge for Denny and Assistant Director, Barrett Baumgartner.

“It is always a challenge to cast,” Baumgartner said. “(It) is like trying to paint a painting. As a painter, you need the right colors, mixtures, (and) texture. It is the same with casting; (it involves) using all these things to find the right actor or actress to fit the role.”

Despite the difficulty of casting, Baumgartner says that he is confident in Charbonnet’s abilities.

“Denny has been the director for 30 years,” Baumgartner said. “She is experienced and knows what she is doing.”

“You Can’t Take It With You” will run Nov. 2 through 6 in the Alumni Memorial Theatre on campus. Tickets will go on sale in October and will be available from the school’s Administration Building or Braswell Drugs on Tyler St. in Covington.


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