Notre Dame de Namur University Presents “You Can’t Take It with You,” Oct. 19-28

Fireworks, Snakes, Ballerinas, and G-Men. This is not your typical American family!

Belmont, CA, October 11, 2007 — “You Can’t Take It with You,” the hilarious screwball comedy of the 1930s, which serves as a model for present day sitcoms, will be presented by the NDNU Theatre Arts and Dance Dept., Oct. 19-28.

The play relates the humorous encounter between a conservative family and the crazy household of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof as he takes on the forces of Wall Street and the Internal Revenue Service. The formula originated by George Kaufman and Moss Hart, a loveable family getting into scrapes and overcoming obstacles, has been adopted as a format by most of today’s television situation comedies.

Complete with xylophone music, a ballerina, fireworks, pet snakes, and G-Men, “You Can’t Take It with You,” has been a crowd pleaser since its first, smash hit production on Broadway in 1936.

“Kaufman and Hart have created a world of hope dominated by essential American values, a place where optimism is considered a virtue, people are free to be themselves and at heart to be noble,” said Director Bruce Williams, professional actor and Director of the American Conservatory Theatre’s Intensive Training Program and Summer Training Congress. Williams proposed “You Can’t Take it With You” for production at NDNU for a variety of reasons.

“It provides actors with the opportunity to work a modern, classic style of acting that requires precise timing, stylized movement and speech along with sophisticated humor and mannerisms,” added Williams.

The cast is comprised mostly of NDNU students joined by local actors, Mary Hill, George Metropolis, and Jeff Young, as Grandpa Vanderhof. NDNU Theatre faculty production designers include: Scenic Designer, R. Dutch Fritz, Costume Designer Katherine Mills and Lighting Designer, Will Springhorn. The production design is focused on providing a look and feel of authenticity in every detail, from fabric colors and patterns, to furnishings, and music and costumes.

“You Can’t Take it with You” will be performed in the NDNU Theatre October 19, 20, 25, 26 27, at 7:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m.  A special invitation is being sent to local high schools, inviting them to attend the Thursday, October 25th performance free-of-charge and to participate in a post performance discussion of the play and production with the director, cast, and designers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the NDNU Theatre Box Office at (650) 508-3456 or visit the NDNU Theatre website at