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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU 
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
Monday, November 14th & 
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU will be directed by Brian Zelinski. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the  YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Audition Form.
Auditions: Monday, November 14 – Tuesday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (if necessary)
Rehearsals: Monday November 28, 2016 – Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Performances: Thursday, January 19 – Saturday, February 4, 2017
Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.  Click here to see our other upcoming auditions!
Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 deposit.  
 
Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm
Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm
Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com
or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions
or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.
SYNOPSIS
This classic screwball comedy won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and it’s been entertaining audiences ever since. Set in the large house of a rather batty New York family, sweet-natured Alice falls for banker’s son Tony. When her snooty, prospective in-laws arrive for dinner, the event is a disaster, capped with the arrest of everyone in the household. Madcap, warm, life-affirming…the New York Times calls this the “rare play that will have you beaming from curtain to curtain.”
“Both genuinely funny and truly heart-warming.”  ~The Guardian
 
Male Characters
Martin “Grandpa” Vanderhof  Preferred age: 60 and up
Referred to mostly as Grandpa in the play. Father-in-law to Paul, father of Penny, grandfather of Alice and Essie. He is an eccentric happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he doesn’t believe in it, as he feels that the government wouldn’t know what to do with the money if he paid it. He lives his life by the philosophy ‘don’t do anything that you’re not going to enjoy doing’. He goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps.
Tony Kirby Preferred age: 18 and up
Fiancé of Alice, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. He sees how, even though the Sycamores appear odd, they are really the perfect family because they love and care about each other. His own family is very proper and has many issues none of them will admit. He is vice president of Kirby and Co.

Anthony W. Kirby Preferred age: 45 and up
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. He is also a member of the Harvard Society, the Union Club, the National Geographic Society, and the Racquet Club.
Boris Kolenkhov Preferred age: 30 and up
A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is very concerned with world politics, and the deterioration of Russia. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, aware that she is untalented at dancing, but knows that she enjoys dancing so he keeps working with her. He likes the Greeks and the Romans, questions society, and is interested in world affairs.
Paul Sycamore Preferred age: 40 and up
Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, Son-in-law of Martin. 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 Preferred age: 30 and up
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 Preferred age: 25 and up
Husband of Essie, son-in-law of Paul and Penny. He is a xylophone player, and distributes Essie’s candies. Ed is an amateur printer who prints anything that sounds good to him. He prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie’s candy. He also likes to make masks.
Donald Preferred age: 25 and up
The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, “The two of them are really cute together, something like Porgy and Bess.”
Wilbur C. Henderson Preferred age: 25 and up
An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa, and can’t understand why the latter won’t pay income tax.
G-Man 1 “The Man”
G-Man 2 “Jim”
G-Man 3 “Mac”Preferred age: 21 and up
Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist things he prints up, such as “God is the State – the State is God”.
Female Characters

Penelope “Penny” Sycamore 
Preferred age: 40 and up

Usually goes by Penny, Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints as hobbies because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family. Her main goal is to make sure everyone is happy, particularly her daughter Alice. She is a main character.
Alice Sycamore Preferred age: 18 and up
Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She is the only “normal” family member. She has an office job, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family when she has Tony and his parents at her house, yet she still loves them. She tends to be a pessimist.
Essie Carmichael Preferred age: 25 and up

Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is childish. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina. She has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.
Gay Wellington Preferred age: 25 and up
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.
Rheba Preferred age: 25 and up

The African-American maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, “The two of them are really cute together, something like Porgy and Bess.”
Miriam Kirby Preferred age: 45 and up
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.
The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina Preferred age: 40 and up
She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution, another being her sister, the Grand Duchess Natasha. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. The rest of her family has had a similar fate, such as her Uncle Sergei, the Grand Duke, who is now an elevator man. She loves to cook as a hobby.
*We reserve the right to end auditions after 8:30 if all actors present have already been seen.  If you plan to arrive after 8:30, please call 262-782-4431 prior to the day of auditions to notify the Volunteer Coodinator, Ann Mather.
**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00-10:00 pm.
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