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You Can't Take It With You

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Directed by Vicki Deusinger


August 7 (2-4pm)

August 8 (4-6pm)


November 12-14, 19-21.

Show Description:

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.


7 Females, 12 Males

Tony Kirby (20-30s): the handsome and more laid back son of the Kirbys, dating Alice

Alice Sycamore (20s): the beautiful and sensible daughter of the Sycamores

Martin Vanderhof (70s): left Wall Street to do what makes him happy. He now just does what he wishes

Anthony Kirby (40-50s):is Alice's struffy, straight laced boss who is very motivated by money

Miriam Kirby (40-50s): a snobbish socialite and mother to Tony.

Penny Sycamore (40-50s): daughter to Martin. She switches from writing bad plays to painting bad picutres. She loves her family and any guests deeply.

Paul Sycamore (40-50s): Penny's husband. He spends his time creating fireworks displays in the basement.

Mr. De Pinna (40-80s): now a permanent resident of the household and the model for Penny's paintings.

Essie Carmichel (20s): the oldest daughter of the Sycamores. She wants to be eitehr a ballerina or candy maker.

Ed Carmichel (30s): Essie's simple minded husband. He is trying to master the art of xylophone while working to become a master painter

Rheba (30-50s): the Sycamore's maid. This character is written as African American.

Donald (30-50s): Rheba's boyfriend. This character is written as African American.

Boris Kolenkhov ( 50s-70s): Essie's high strung Russian ballet instructor with a short fuse

Olga Katrina (40s-70s): a Russian friend of Boris who helps in the kitchen

Gay Wellington (40s-70s): a hard drinking, has been actress whom Penny brought in to read one of her scripts

Wilbur Henderson (20s-40s): a high strung IRS worker

G-Men (any age) police officers coming to arrest a member of the family

Design and Crew

If you're interested in helping us out backstage you can still come to Auditions! Meet the Director and let them know what you're interested in helping with. We are always looking for volunteers to learn and staff all important backstage and lobby positions.

All Auditions are held at the Barn Theatre unless otherwise noted.
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People who volunteer get to see the show for free.

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