You Can’t Take It With You
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Kathleen Vaught
at Allen’s Community Theatre
May 8 – 24, 2020 (Thursdays at 7:30; Fridays/Saturdays at 8; and Sundays at 3)
Auditions will be held Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3 from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Blue House Gallery, 102 S. Allen Drive, Allen, TX; callbacks Wednesday, March 4, if needed.
Rehearsals will begin with read through on or about March 8 with a few get-togethers until regular rehearsals begin March 22 (Sundays – Thursday evenings). No conflicts accepted week of May 3 for tech week.
Please bring headshot, resume and full list of conflicts from March 8 through show closing, May 24. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (sides available by Feb. 17). Performers should come prepared to move, collaborate within an ensemble and have fun. We are seeking a diverse, inclusive ensemble cast of 19, with some possible double and/or limited-engagement guest casting. Performers of all genders, ethnicities, ages and abilities are
encouraged to audition. To audition, please sign up for a time HERE.
About the play:
At first the Sycamores, with Grandpa Vanderhof as the gentle, caring head of the family, seem odd. It doesn’t take long to realize they are delightful as they live happily doing what they love. In contrast, the Kirbys are “successful” and “wealthy” but clearly unhappy. Their son, Tony, and Alice Sycamore have fallen in love despite their different families. Hilarity and fun ensue when the Kirbys are brought to dinner on the wrong evening, and the home is bustling with strange activities and parade of eccentric characters.
Character Breakdown (gender listed is how character identifies; any ethnicity unless specified):
Penelope Sycamore (f): The daughter of Martin Vanderhof, mother of Essie and Alice, and wife of Paul, Penelope is the fluttery, gentle lady of the house. She decided to become a playwright when a typewriter was delivered to their house by mistake. Since that time this accidental playwright has spent much of her time writing works with titles such as “Poison Gas.”
Essie (f): The daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and wife of Ed, Essie is a “pixie en pointe”. The eternal student, she takes lessons from Boris Kolenkhov and is constantly dancing across the living room.
Rheba (f, African-American): Not only is she the maid in the Vanderhof household, Rheba probably understands this unusual family better than anyone.
Paul Sycamore (m): The husband of Penelope and father of Essie, Paul Sycamore has a kind of youthful air with a quiet charm. Under his unassuming exterior lies a man who lives for his fireworks that he manufactures in the cellar.
Mr. De Pinna (m): Years ago, Mr. De Pinna was delivering ice to the Vanderhof home and simply decided to stay. Now the mad genius of pyrotechnics helps out Paul in the cellar.
Ed (m): The husband of Essie, while Ed seems to be a nondescript man, he has two passions: the printing press and the xylophone.
Donald (m, African-American): Rheba’s boyfriend, Donald also provides handyman help allowing him to spend a lot of time at the Vanderhof home.
Martin Vanderhof (m): The traditional patriarchal head of the family, Grandpa Martin Vanderhof is a man whom the years have treated kindly. He is a man who made his peace with the world long, long ago, and his whole attitude and manner are quietly persuasive of this.
Alice (f): The daughter of Penelope and Paul and sister of Essie, Alice is a lovely, outgoing young woman. As a secretary in a Wall Street office, she is in daily contact with the “outside” world. In the course of the play she is engaged to marry Tony Kirby, her boss’s son.
Tony Kirby (m): The boyfriend and later fiancé of Alice, Tony Kirby is a personable young man not long out of Yale and Cambridge. Although he fits all the physical requirements of a boss’s son, his face (and his spirit) has something of the idealist in it, invoking in him a certain fondness for the Vanderhofs’ quirkiness.
Boris Kolenkhov (m): Essie’s dance teacher, Boris Kolenkhov is a hearty, explosive, Russian ballet-master.
Mr. Kirby (m): Tony’s father and Alice’s boss in the Wall Street office, Mr. Kirby is a successful businessman who wants his son to follow in his footsteps; thus, he is very disapproving of the Vanderhof family and of his son’s engagement to Alice.
Mrs. Kirby(f): Tony’s mother, Mrs. Kirby is of the same mind and temperament as her husband.
Three G-Men “The Man”, “Jim” and “Mac” (m): 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."
by Yasmina Reza (Translated by Christopher Hampton)
Director: Jennifer Stephens Stubbs
Production Dates: March 20 - April 5, 2020 (performances at 7:30 on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2pm)
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST and thank you to all who auditioned!
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