Alder brings bright, quirky play to the stage

Jonathan Alder High School students rehearse for the upcoming production of the play, “You Can’t Take It With You:” (from left) Jackson McCoy, Olivea Hallman, Nadia Haines and Mackenzie Rowe.

(Posted Jan. 11, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Stephanie Tinberg, director of Jonathan Alder High School’s theatre program, decided a light-hearted comedy would be the perfect antidote to the gray days of winter.

So, she chose “You Can’t Take It With You” as this year’s play production. Shows are set for Jan. 14-16.

The classic, which debuted on Broadway in 1936, tells the story of a kooky family with peculiar interests and hobbies. Alice, the most practical one of the bunch, becomes engaged to Tony, whose family is straight-laced and uptight. When the two families meet, chaos ensues. But when the patriarch of the kooky family expounds on the importance of living life to the fullest, all becomes well.

“It’s wholesome and heart-warming. You’re going to leave in a better mood after seeing it,” Tinberg said.

Playing some of the lead roles are sophomore Matt Hirshberg as the wise and whacky grandpa, junior Maggie Storts as Alice, and Nadia Haines as Alice’s mother, Penelope. In total, the cast and crew totals 30 students.

“The students have really taken to their characters, even though it’s an older, classic play,” Tinberg said.

She also complimented Scott Jones, who for years has helped with set designs for various Jonathan Alder stage productions.

“It’s probably one of the most stunningly gorgeous sets we’ve ever had,” she said.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-15 and 2 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens (60 and older). Tickets can be purchased online at


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