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Classic comedy takes the stage in Fulda

Fulda Community Players cast members rehearse for their production of “You can’t take it with you” opening this weekend in Fulda. Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

FULDA — The Fulda Community Players will be performing “You Can’t Take It with You” at the Fulda elementary school gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

“You Can’t Take It with You” is a popular comedy first staged in 1936. It was made into a film in 1938.

“This is our first attempt at doing a real comedy, and I think that this comedy is one of the few where everyone has something to say, and there’s not one main star,’ said Wilma Lindquist, who has been directing the Fulda Community Players for 28 years.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the Vanderhof/Sycamore/Carmichael family and the Kirby family. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening.

“When Alice brings Tony to dinner to meet the family ... chaos ensues,” Lindquist said.

Members of the 19-person cast bring their own types of zany personalities to the characters.

“It’s hard to pick out a character that really stands out because they all do; even the smaller roles are cute,” Lindquist said.

“I do think that the grandpa in the play is quite the philosopher, and a character named Boris Kolenkhov, who is quite boisterous, I think people will really get a kick out of,” she added.

The Fulda Community Players have done a variety of plays and musicals, but Lindquist said they chose “You Can’t Take it With You” by chance.

“Actually the gal who plays music for the show was watching television one night, and the movie was playing, and she thought that’s something we could put on,” Lindquist said.

Lindquist explained the play is a comedy everyone can relate to.

“I think when people see this play and look at the characters, most people will say, ‘Oh, that’s just like so and so,’” Lindquist said.

“Every role in this play is important and unique,” she added. “I think it’s the perfect comedy.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Ramerth’s Hardware and Maynard’s in Fulda.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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