George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s screwball You Can’t Take It with You is one of the rare comedies to with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This long-running play from the 1930s almost immediately became popular for stock, community, college and high school theatrical troupes.
In April 1980, Little Rock Central High School presented You Can’t Take It With You in one of many times the play has been performed in Little Rock.
Directed by Cheryl Shull with assistance from student director Kim Magee, the cast of nineteen included Mike Breedlove, Teri Thomas, Elizabeth Cobb, Jimmy Jarratt, Murry Newbern, Scott Thomas, Tammy Sellers, Susan Russell, Kevin Baer, Achim Gullatz, and Arnel Joiner.
Also of note in the cast was Roosevelt Thompson, after whom the Central High School auditorium is now named. (It was also sadly the site of his all-too-soon memorial service in 1984.)