New Waverly students are preparing for a hysterical performance at the University Interscholastic League competition next month.

New Waverly High School will be participating a one-act performance of “You can’t take it with you” at the UIL competition on March 7 at Lynn Lucas Middle school in Willis.

The play was written by renowned playwrights Moss Hart and George Kaufman and first opened in 1936 on broadway. The directors for the production are David Vela and Jana Burzynski.

“This play was chosen because of its timeless appeal and still has meaning today,” Vela said. “Last years play, ‘The Diviners,’ won district and bi-district honors,” Vela added. “The show before that, ‘Crimes of the Heart,’ won district and was the alternate for the regional contest.”

New Waverly students have advanced to finals in the last two years in the one act contest.

This years show is composed of 15 students with four alternatives. The cast includes Brandy Goodner as Penelope Sycamore (Penny), Kelsey Drane as Essie, Taylor Marshall as Rheba, Brett Munoz as Paul Sycamore, Kieran Droddy as Mr. DePinna, Waylon Tutor as Ed, Nehemiah Oliphant as Martin Vanderhof (Grandpa), Brianna Burzynski as Alice, Braylen Laymon as Henderson/Government Man, Hayden Forester as Tony Kirby, Marcus Mills as Bolus Kolenkhov, Savanna Chitwood as Gay Wellington, Olga and G-Man, Cade Edney as Mr. Kirby and Sydney Sams as Mrs. Kirby.

“There is no theater class at the school,” Vela said. “Students audition for the play, and over 35 try out for 14 parts. Despite this, we have been able to have a competitive cast.”