You Can’t Take It With You
“You Can’t Take It With You” is a hilarious family comedy that centers around the zany household of the Sycamores, a slightly odd and eccentric family. Interesting characters from the community float into the action of the play at rather unexpected times. The central story is a romantic one. Will Alice Sycamore, a young, vivacious leading lady finally marry Tony Kirby, a well-connected son of a Wall Street banker? Will she and Tony overcome the family differences to live happily ever after?
Auditions will be held Saturday June 11th from 10-4 and Sunday June 12th from 2-5. Interested persons should contact Bruce Pilgrim, the director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition appointment.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Call Back auditions will be Monday, June 13th from 7-10. Headshot photos and resumes are encouraged, but not required.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons in June and July, then shift to Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in August. A full schedule will be provided at auditions, please come to auditions with your conflicts ready to present to the director.
Penelope Sycamore (late 40s-Late 50s): Penny is a lively wit. She loves her family tremendously. She has many hobbies, at none of which does she particularly excel. Unflappable, creative, and bright. Lead Role
Essie Carmichael (late 20s): Ed’s wife and Penny’s daughter. Essie has always wanted to be a dancer, although she lacks any talent for it. She is dreamy, innocent, and deeply in love with Ed. The actress portraying Essie must have dancing skills and be able to demonstrate them badly.
Rheba (20s-40s): Rheba is a no-nonsense maid who works for the Sycamores. There is nothing that she has not seen happen in this household, and nothing surprises her. However, she is more a member of this family than an employee.
Paul Sycamore (late 40s-Late 50s): Penny’s loving husband. He also is consumed with his hobbies, particularly the manufacture of fireworks. He loves his wife deeply, but is really a kid at heart. The expression that the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys is very appropriate to Paul.
Mr. De Pinna (late 40s to 60s): Mr. De Pinna is an odd little man. The actor portraying Mr. De Pinna must be bald-headed or be willing either shave his head or wear a bald cap. He also enjoys working with Paul. Although he is not related to the Sycamores, he lives with them. One day he came to visit and just stayed.
Ed Carmichael (late 20s): Ed married Essie and then moved in with the Sycamores. He enjoys printing as a hobby and playing the xylophone. This playing skill is not completely necessary for the actor portraying Ed, but it would be a plus! Ed, like Essie, is rather innocent and dreamy.
Donald (20s-40s): Rheba’s boyfriend. Actor portraying Donald must match up with Actress portraying Rheba in age. Donald has not worked for years and brags that he is happily on relief. He helps Rheba when necessary and hangs out at the Sycamore’s house constantly. He, like Rheba, is never surprised by the eclectic household.
Martin Vanderhof (60s-70s): “Grandpa” is the male lead of the show. Penny’s father. He is witty, loving, funny, and wise. He is the center of activity and conversation for much of the show. The actor portraying this role must be prepared to memorize volumes of lines, but it is one of the best roles available for older men. One day he decided he had made enough money to retire and he did so. His income supports all the various household members and their hobbies. He is very comfortable in his lifestyle.
Alice Sycamore (Early 20s): Penny and Paul’s youngest daughter is the romantic lead of the play. She is pretty, smart, and deeply in love with Mr. Tony Kirby. However, she fears her unconventional family will not mesh with the Wall Street family of her love. This is the major conflict of the play: Will Alice and Tony overcome their families to wed?
Henderson (Early 20s-60s): An uptight IRS agent who loves his job. Need anything more be said.
Tony Kirby (Early 20s): A young handsome man who is in love with Alice. His family is rather well-to-do, but Tony is questioning his father’s lifestyle and values. He is willing to leave everything to marry Alice.
Boris Kolenkhov (30s): Boris is very, very Russian! He is a bold, thrusting character who teaches Essie in the Ballet. The actor portraying Boris must be able to produce a Russian accent.
Gay Wellington (20s-40s): A drunk actress who Penny brings home to read for one of her plays that she is writing. Gay pops into the action at unexpected times.
Mr. Kirby (40s-60s): Mr. Kirby is a Wall Street banker who suffers from constant indigestion. He is a rather stiff personality. Tony’s father.
Mrs. Kirby (40s-60s): Mr. Kirby’s wife and Tony’s mother who has never questioned her lifestyle or choices until she meets the Sycamores. She is as cold as a fish and a little haughty.
The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (30s-40s): This once bright rose has faded and is now working as a cook after the Russian Revolution. She us another of the interesting folk that wander through the Sycamore household. This actress must be able to produce a Russian accent, or a Bronx accent, if the actress decides to portray her as a fake. We don’t really know what she is…..?
G-Man #1 (20s-40s): Small role. Tough guy who lives, eats, and breathes G-Man stuff!
G-Man #2 (20s-40s): Same as above
G-Man #3 (20s-80s): Perhaps for an older man who wishes he had retired 20 years ago. Perhaps a really good character role to show a variety within the G-Man force.