There is no shortage of opportunities to take in live theatre performed by Harvey County high school students this month.
Allie Sparks plays aspiring playwright Penelope Sycamore in Moundridge High School's production of "You Can't Take It With You," the story of an eccentric family who live life to the fullest.
"It's pretty crazy," Sparks said. "There are so many things going on at once."
The whirlwind of activity in the Sycamore family living room is punctuated by the explosions of fireworks being made in the basement.
"There's all this commotion going on on stage," Sparks said. "This family is used to it, but these strangers come in visiting for dinner."
Adding to the zaniness of the situation are characters such as Russian dance instructor Boris Kholenkov, played by Christian Walls.
"It's actually quite fun to talk in a Russian accent," Walls said. "I go off about Russian politics just kind of randomly and I say lots of goofy stuff."
Cuddly and creepy creatures also live in the Sycamore home.
"We have snakes, kittens, a Russian and candy," Walls said. "It'll be wild. It's a lot different from anything else we've done before. In the past, we've done musicals. Those are really well organized and this play is just — out there."
"It's hilarious," Sparks said. "It's a good time because you get to be in a completely different mindset and you get to just take a step out of the real world and play in this completely fictional world where everybody is just bonkers."
"You Can't Take It With You" will be performed at Moundridge High School, 526 E. Cole St. at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. Tickets are $5 for adults, free for Moundridge school students and $4 for students from other schools.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America will offer a pre-show dinner for $10 on Nov. 10. Call 620-345-5500 for more information or to make reservations.
Peabody-Burns High School will perform the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 12.
"It's a great show about a man-eating plant from outer space," said music and technical director Laura Leitnaker. "We do encourage people to bring their families."
Leitnaker cautions the show is rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for young children.
"It is going to be a hoot," Leitnaker said. "It's a very fun show."
Tickets for "Little Shop of Horrors" are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. They are available in advance from the high school, cast members or can be purchased at the door. Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School is located at 810 N. Hickory St. in Peabody.
Berean Academy will present "Wind in the Willows" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. The school is located at 201 Elbing Rd. in Elbing.
Burrton High School students will perform the musical "Oliver" at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11.Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. The school is located at 105 E. Lincoln St. in Burrton.
Goessel High School students will stage the play version of "Alice in Wonderland" at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. Tickets are $5. The school is located at 100 E. Main St. in Goessel.
Halstead High School will present "The Sound of Music" at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The school is located at 520 W. Sixth St. in Halstead.
Hesston High School will put on "The Music Man" at 7:30 pm Nov. 9 and 11. Tickets are $9 for the front area and $5 for seats on the wings. The school is located at 200 N. Ridge Rd. in Hesston.
Sedgwick High School students will put on "Oklahoma" at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. The Nov. 10 performance may be moved to Nov. 9, depending on the outcome of football games. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. The school is located at 400 W. Fourth St. in Sedgwick.
Remington High School’s production of "Twelve Angry Jurors" can be seen at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 or at 4 p.m. Nov.12 . Tickets for the play are $5 for adults and $4 for students. The school is located at 8850 NW Meadowlark Rd. in Whitewater.