Students in the drama department at Geneseo High School will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 28, and Oct. 29, for their fall play, “You Can’t Beat the House.”

Students in the drama department at Geneseo High School will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 28, and Oct. 29, for their fall play, “You Can’t Beat the House.”

It will be a different stage this year. The students will perform in the Barn Theater, atop Richmond Hill Park in Geneseo, due to construction of a new auditorium at Geneseo High School.

Performances of the comedy, written by Pat Cook, will be at 7 p.m. on both nights. Tickets will be available at the door.

Joseph DePauw, of Geneseo, is directing the show and he shared a synopsis which states, “I’ve had trouble breaking into a house before, but this is the first time I’ve had problems breaking out again!” So moans Merle to his partner, Howie. These two minor league burglars have really met this match this time, it seems. They decided on a house only to find, after managing to get into the place, that it’s up for sale and before they can leave, prospective buyers show up.

The so-called burglars have two choices – either pretend to be real estate agents or beat it, making the buyers suspect them and call in the police.

They choose to pretend to show the house at which time the authentic real estate agent arrives on the scene. A cop joins the cast on stage, looking for two suspicious characters in the neighborhood.

“The place, it turns out, is haunted,” De Pauw said. “This screwball comedy is one wisecrack after another and proves once again, that ‘You Can’t Beat the Odds.’”

Bryan Stone is technical director and Anna VerCautren is stage manager.

The cast includes Andrew Roseman, Ramsey Spanton, Jeremy Ryder, Renee Troutwine, Braelyn Lentz, Will Sammons, Elisabeth Grafft, Lindy Couch, Savannah Rakestraw and Alice Roseman.