Auditions for ” You Can’t Take it with You”

You Can’t Take It With You

 

You Can’t Take It With You, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, was written by the famous comedic team of Kaufman and Hart.

Taking place in the large house of a slightly batty New York City family in 1937, You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.

AUDITIONS:  Saturday, February 10th.  12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Palomar Black Box Theatre.

Please prepare a monologue of one and a half minutes, you can access the play free online.

CALLBACKS: Sunday, February 11th.  12:00 – 4:00 pm.

You will be asked to prepare sides from the show.

REHEASALS: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 – 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 – 7:00,

Saturday/Sunday 12 – 5 , TBA.  Rehearsal begins Tuesday, March 13th.

TECH: Sat 4/21 and Sun 4/22 from 11am-10pm both days.

DRESS REHEARSALS: will begin 4/23, 24, 25 & 26.

OPENS: Friday, April 27, 2018

PERFORMANCES: Performances are April 27 – May 6. Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Thursday at 4 PM

* Actors required to enroll for 2 units of college credit (TA 191 Rehearsal & Performance).

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Penelope Sycamore

Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She decided to become a playwright when a typewriter was delivered to their house by mistake. She writes plays and paints as hobbies but is terrible at both.

Essie Carmichael

Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny. She is childish. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina and has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.

Rheba

The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She probably understands this unusual family better than anyone.

Paul Sycamore

Father of Essie and Alice. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets.

Mr. De Pinna

The ice man who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a model in Mrs. Sycamore’s paintings.

Ed Carmichael

Husband of Essie. He is a xylophone player, likes to make masks and distributes Essie’s candies.  He is an amateur printer who prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie’s candy.

Donald

The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores.

Martin Vanderhof

Referred to mostly as Grandpa in the play. He is an eccentric, happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he doesn’t believe in it. Once a very successful businessman, he left his job 35 years ago and now goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps.

Alice Sycamore

Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, she is the only “normal” family member. She has an office job, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family yet she still loves them. She tends to be a pessimist.

Wilbur C. Henderson

An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa.

Tony Kirby

Fiancé of Alice, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. His family is very proper and has many issues. He is vice president of Kirby and Co.

Boris Kolenkhov

A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, and is aware that she is untalented at dancing.

Gay Wellington

An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore’s home.

Anthony W. Kirby

Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job. His hobby is raising expensive orchids.

Miriam Kirby

Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household. Her hobby is spiritualism.

G-Man 1 (The Man), G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac)

Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist quotes he prints up and places in Essie’s candy boxes, such as “God is the State – the State is God”.

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina

She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution,

Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant.