‘You Can’t Beat the House’

Try as they do, two burglars bungle their way through the FDSH fall play

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Grace Champagne, 15, playing the character Glenda Spears, argues with her character's husband, Conrad Spears, as played by Sawyer Springer, 14 in the Fort Dodge Senior High production of "You Can't Beat the House."

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Grace Champagne, 15, playing the character Glenda Spears, argues with her character's husband, Conrad Spears, as played by Sawyer Springer, 14 in the Fort Dodge Senior High production of "You Can't Beat the House."

The Fort Dodge Senior High Drama Department will present the family-friendly comedy “You Can’t Beat the House” as the fall play during the first week of November.

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Gail Niceswanger Little Theatre at the school, 819 N. 25th St.

Admission is $5, with all tickets being sold at the door.

“The first time I read this play it made me laugh out loud, and when a play makes me laugh out loud, that is when I know it is definitely a keeper,” Lindey Krug, director said.“Another consideration for doing this play was the time frame for preparation. Our school year started later so I knew I was not going to have as much time. So, I picked a play that has a simple set to construct, not too many costumes, and a smaller cast.”

In “You Can’t Beat the House,” two inept burglars enter a home with the intent to rob it only to find out the house is for sale. They begin to make their exit when a young couple arrives to view the home.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Isabel Beekman, 14, portraying the character Madame Zenobia, discovers a certain vibe on the set of "You Can't Beat the House," this year's Fort Dodge Senior High Fall Play.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Isabel Beekman, 14, portraying the character Madame Zenobia, discovers a certain vibe on the set of "You Can't Beat the House," this year's Fort Dodge Senior High Fall Play.

In a split-second decision that may or may not save the two burglars from time in prison, they pretend to be real estate agents long enough to get the couple to leave.

No sooner do they do that when the actual real estate agent arrives. No matter what these two do to “beat” the house, they just keep getting visitors that force them to remain, well, in the house.

The screwball comedy revolves around one mishap after another as the two burglars juggle the act until they get a chance to escape.

“I am very lucky to have so many talented students,” Krug said. “Casting is never an easy chore. I do my best to pick the best people for each role and everyone seems to fit so perfectly.”

Jacob Laird, who plays Howie, said, “My character is not the brightest, but he is very kind-hearted and does not like to see people hurt, and I knew when I was auditioning that Mrs. Krug would place me as she saw best fit. This is a hilarious play, and a good time all around.”

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Burglar partners Howie, played by Jacob Laird, 16, at left, and Merle, portrayed by Josh Meier, 14, rehearse a scene from the Fort Dodge Senior High Fall Play production of "You Can't Beat the House."

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Burglar partners Howie, played by Jacob Laird, 16, at left, and Merle, portrayed by Josh Meier, 14, rehearse a scene from the Fort Dodge Senior High Fall Play production of "You Can't Beat the House."

“I have a very fun character to play, but he is not always the best at his job and requires his mother’s help a lot,” said Austin Andrews, who plays Officer Milo Larraby.

Grace Champagne, who plays Glenda Spears, said, “This is a show that will keep the audience laughing, and it involves a lot of unique, unforgettable characters.”

“This is a fun show for all ages and a good laugh for the entire family,” Andrews said.

Krug added, “We have recently installed a new sound system in the auditorium, and for those who have come to the show the last couple of years know the difficulty we have had hearing the actors throughout the auditorium. The sound will not be a problem for the audience this year.”

The cast includes

Merle: Josh Meier

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Grace Champagne, 15, playing the character Glenda Spears, prepares to argue with her character's husband, Conrad Spears, as played by Sawyer Springer, 14 in the Fort Dodge Senior High production of "You Can't Beat the House." Director Lindsey Krug, right, helps Springer with his tie.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Grace Champagne, 15, playing the character Glenda Spears, prepares to argue with her character's husband, Conrad Spears, as played by Sawyer Springer, 14 in the Fort Dodge Senior High production of "You Can't Beat the House." Director Lindsey Krug, right, helps Springer with his tie.

Howie: Jacob Laird

Conrad Spears: Sawyer Springer

Glenda Spears: Grace Champagne

Courtney Parfait: Annie Niemeyer

Officer Milo Larraby: Austin Andrews

Fern Larraby: Hannah Reynoso

Madame Zenobia: Isabel Beekman

Lillian: Karisa Meier

Brittany Marie: Courtney Cordle

If You Go

What: Fort Dodge Senior High fall play “You Can’t Beat the House”

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Gail Niceswanger Little Theatre at FDSH, 819 N. 25th St.

Admission: $5

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