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'You Can't Take it With You' re-unites FWHS theatre alumni for director's last hurrah

FWHS theatre director Lois Gorne, as seen at a rehearsal for last year
FWHS theatre director Lois Gorne, as seen at a rehearsal for last year's alumni production of 'Tuna Does Vegas.'
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Mirror staff reports:

“You Can’t Take It With You,” the first play directed by Lois Gorne more than 30 years ago at Federal Way High School, will also be her last play.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at the school’s Little Theater, and features a cast of FWHS graduates from 1981 through 2010. Andy Cameron will return as the character of Grandpa, the same character he played more than 30 years ago as a Federal Way High School student. Cameron himself is now a teacher at FWHS.

The comedy is set in the late 1930s and has become an American classic, not only for the message, but for the wonderful characters portrayed. The one-of-a-kind Sycamore family all follow their dreams, doing what they enjoy in life.

Gorne, a retired teacher, has directed nearly 100 major productions at the school. This will be her last production in the Little Theater, which is scheduled for demolition as construction for the new FWHS begins.

Proceeds from "You Can't Take it With You" will benefit the FWHS speech and debate team. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students. Email

Alumni cast members:

1981: Wade Craig

1982: Andy Cameron

1983: Scott Wiese

1985: Deana Pinney

1986: Tiara Rodriguez Whitney

1987: Cindy Kerns

1987: Mitch Erickson

1987: Greg Stackhouse

1988: Erin McCarthy Reinhart

1988: Jeff Sabado

1989: Jon Ulrigg

1990: Rebecca Tipper Gallagher

1991: Alethia Rodriguez

1991: Damon Albright

2002: Phil Ryan

2004: Shannon O’Neal

2005: Matt Jarrell

2008: Paul Cantu

2010: Garrick Graham




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