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"You Can’t Take it With You" but you CAN get involved!

November 2011


The St. Ambrose Theatre Department is already getting excited for its first production of the 2012-13 academic year.  

Taking the place of the first 2012 studio theatre show is a faculty/staff/alumni/student production of "You Can't Take it With You," by George Kaufman and Moss Hart. It is being co-produced with the Curtainbox Theatre (owned and operated by SAU graduate, Kim Kurtenbach Furness). The production will be on the Allaert Mainstage September 7-9, 2012. This show is being modeled after the 2004 production of Death of a Salesman.  

"This is a time to reconnect with alums and offer new connections for current students to the professional world," Cory Johnson said. The last time You Can't Take it With You was produced at St. Ambrose was in the mid 90's.  There are two members of that cast returning.  Father Tom Hennen '00 will be shedding his priest collar and appearing in front of a new congregation as he reprises his role as Mr. DePinna. And Scott Naumann '97 will appear as Boris Kolenkhov.

Other people involved so far include:
Director–Dave Bonde '93
Acting–Mike Kennedy '60 as Grandpa; Kim Kurtenbach Furness '96 as Gay Wellington; Dan Rairdin-Hale '04; Jim Seward, Dan Hernandez, Kris Eitrheim, Dr. Corinne Johnson, and more names to come!

Current students will get the chance to audition for the leading roles of the young lovers Alice and Tony. Auditions will be held during finals week this May. There is also an opportunity for students to get involved on the crew and see professionals at work.  

There is a required two-week rehearsal period starting August 22 and continuing through opening night September 7. All positions are unpaid. 

"I have never done this role before, and it is probably the smallest role I have ever done on the SAU stage," Furness said. "I can't wait! It will be kind of nice to help out on the producing end and just come onstage for a fun but memorable cameo! Even some 15 years later my professors are still teaching me so much. I am also thrilled to take the stage with both Cory and Kris. I have acted with them in the past, both at SAU and professionally. It is going to be such fun." 

Half of the production proceeds are going to the Michael Kennedy Scholarship and the other half to The Curtainbox Theatre. The Curtainbox provides Ambrose students with many opportunities to get involved in a professional setting.

"The Curtainbox is grateful to have such support from the SAU theatre Dept," Furness said. 

Please email Cory Johnson or call her office at 563-333-6427 to express your interest in this project.

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