The Flint Community Players will continue their 85th season with a production of the classic Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy You Can’t Take it With You, directed by Shelly L. Hoffman. The show will open on March 6th, 8:00 pm at the Tom and Bea Nobles Performance Hall at 2462 S. Ballenger Highway (just South of Miller Road). Subsequent performances are scheduled for March 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 8:00 pm and March 9 and 16 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 each (special discounts are available for students and seniors) and are available at the door, by phone (810-441-9302), or online (www.flintcommunityplayers.com).
Hoffman has lined up special surprise appearances by local celebrities at each of the performances. Committed thus far are Flint Mayor Dayne Walling (March 6th), Former Lieutenant Governor John Cherry (March 7th), ABC 12’s Leslie Toldo (March 8th), and Congressman Dan Kildee (March 16th) among others. The celebrities, will appear alongside a very talented cast that includes other notable community icons such as Kay and Michael Kelly.
Hoffman, who also directed the season opening Running in the Red for the Players, wanted to add a special element to this production in the hope of attracting a broader audience to Flint Community Players’ productions. “In addition to the fun this promises to be,” said Hoffman “celebrities are actually doing a valuable community service. This venerable organization has been part of the fabric of Flint for 85 years. As with all arts and culture organizations, they have struggled in recent years for an audience. The appearance of local celebrities will help to introduce new patrons to this community gem.”
You Can’t Take it With You, one of the most popular and successful plays of the 20th century, tells the story of the Sycamore family. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. Much merriment ensues, including a visit from an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress, a Russian ballet teacher, and a tax collector.
The cast is led by Tomoko Miller as Penny Sycamore and Harry Mitchell as Grandpa Martin Vanderhof and includes Caroline Collins, Crystal Dillard, Jesse Glenn (who also serves as Scenic Designer), Terrie Harris (who also serves as Assistant Director) Philip Kautz, Matt Kehoe, Kay Kelly, Michael Kelly, Lauren Kondrat, Gene Pincomb II, Michael Poehner, Ian Thomas, D.J. Trela, and Marie VanHorn. Pam Kimber is the Costume Designer and Dave Johnson has designed the lights.
March 6th Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint
March 7th John Cherry, Former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
March 8th Leslie Toldo, ABC12 News Meteorologist
March 9th Bobby Mukkamala, Physician & Community Supporter
March 14th James Tolbert, Flint Chief of Police
March 15th Michael Freeman, Mott Community College Trustee
March 16th Dan Kildee, U.S. Congressman