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High School Production Dedicated To Former Teacher In Port Chester

Charlie Simmons as Martin "Grandpa" Vanderhof in "You Can't Take It With You" at Port Chester High School.
Charlie Simmons as Martin "Grandpa" Vanderhof in "You Can't Take It With You" at Port Chester High School. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Josh Tenzer, center, Port Chester High School drama coach and special education teacher, after Saturday's performance of "You Can't Take It With You." Tenzer dedicated the show to Claudia Begazo-Hyland, a teacher who died at the age of 44 on Oct. 20.
Josh Tenzer, center, Port Chester High School drama coach and special education teacher, after Saturday's performance of "You Can't Take It With You." Tenzer dedicated the show to Claudia Begazo-Hyland, a teacher who died at the age of 44 on Oct. 20. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Grace Simmons played Alice Sycamore, who invited Tony Kirby -- at far right with flowers and played by Liam Herbert -- to meet her family.
Grace Simmons played Alice Sycamore, who invited Tony Kirby -- at far right with flowers and played by Liam Herbert -- to meet her family. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Port Chester High School students selling "You Can't Take It With You" t-shirts before Saturday night's finale.
Port Chester High School students selling "You Can't Take It With You" t-shirts before Saturday night's finale. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Actors taking a bow after "You Can't Take It With You" at Port Chester High School.
Actors taking a bow after "You Can't Take It With You" at Port Chester High School. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A scuffle breaks out in one scene of "You Can't Take It With You," performed this past weekend at Port Chester High School.
A scuffle breaks out in one scene of "You Can't Take It With You," performed this past weekend at Port Chester High School. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Most of the main cast of Port Chester High School's "You Can't Take It With You," a comedy play being performed Thursday Nov. 19 through Saturday.
Most of the main cast of Port Chester High School's "You Can't Take It With You," a comedy play being performed Thursday Nov. 19 through Saturday. Photo Credit: Provided

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- "You Can't Take It With You," a comedic play performed three times this past weekend, was dedicated in memory of a Port Chester High School teacher who died on Oct. 20.

Claudia Begazo-Hyland, 44, taught Spanish and never missed a high school production, according to Josh Tenzer, drama coach and special education teacher. "She'd bring her kids,'' Tenzer said. "I miss her."

The three-act comedy, Port Chester's first fall production in 10 years, was written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

The high school production debuted Thursday Nov. 19 with evening shows on Friday and Saturday.

"You Can't Take it With You" introduces audience members to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night.

The main cast was comprised of 19 Port Chester High School students:

Tenzer said the script is fairly complicated, with fast-moving conversations, making him a little worried about how well the play would fare during rehearsals two weeks beforehand. But the student performers shined and were well-received by hundreds of parents and students.

For more details on cast members go here:

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