Come audition for this classic comedy.
When: Open auditions will take place Saturday November 4th at 6:30 pm and Sunday November 5th at 11:00 am.
Where: Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rose Marie Lane Stockton, CA
What to prepare: No advanced preparation is needed, but be prepared to read exerpts from the script that will be provided.
Questions? For more info, please contact SCT Artistic Director, Dennis Beasley at email@example.com
Rehearsals begin the week of Nov. 28. Show runs Jan. 17th thru Feb. 4th, 2018
Directed by Rob Salas
A little about the show:
Martin Vanderhof, mostly referred to as Grandpa, is the patriarch of three generations of a slightly bonkers New York City family all living together under the same roof. Hilarity ensues when his granddaughter invites her fiancee’s uptight family over for dinner. The dinner guests also include a Russian ballet instructor, an alcoholic actress, and a delivery man who came into the house 8 years before and never left. You Can’t Take It With You premiered on Broadway in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama becoming an instant classic that has been performed all over the country since its debut.
Penelope Sycamore (Early/Mid 50s) – Lead
Usually goes by Penny. She is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. A loving and caring mother and wife, Penny is as eccentric as the other members of her family. Penny was an enthusiastic painter but gave up this hobby for writing when a typewriter was delivered to the house by mistake eight years earlier. Charmingly blunt.
Essie Carmichael (Mid-20s – early 30s) – Featured
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, but is a terrible dancer. She dances her way through the play, improvising steps to her husband Ed’s xylophone music. Like the other Sycamores, Essie is both happily absorbed in tasks which amuse her and wholly undisturbed by the eccentricities of her family.
Rheba (Ageless) – Supporting
The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald.
Alice Sycamore (Early to Mid 20s) – Featured
Alice Sycamore is Penny and Paul’s attractive younger daughter (Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie). The twenty−two−year−old Alice has, according to the stage directions, “escaped the tinge of mild insanity” that pervades her relatives, but her “devotion and love for them are plainly apparent. She falls in love with Tony Kirby. She works for Kirby and company, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family when she has Tony and his parents at her house.
Gay Wellington (most likely played over 40) – Cameo/Supporting
Described in the stage directions as “an actress, nymphomaniac, and a terrible souse,” comes to the Sycamore house to discuss a script with Penny but then passes out on the couch. She occasionally awakens, usually just in time to contribute to the chaos that erupts following the Kirbys’ unexpected visit.
Miriam Kirby (Mid 50s – Early 60s) – Supporting
Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman the conservative female equivelent of her businessman husband. Her hobby is spiritualism.
The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (mid 40s – mid 50s) – Supporting
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. She loves to cook.
Grandpa – Martin Vanderhof (Early/Mid 70s) – Lead
Father of Penny, Grandfather to Alice and Essie. Head of the household. He is an eccentric but wise and happy older 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. He provides the philosophical center of the play, explaining the folly of seeking material wealth at the expense of personal fulfillment.
Paul Sycamore (Late 50s – Early 60s) – Supporting
Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, Son-in-law of Martin. He is a tinkerer who makes fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. Quiet, charming, and mild−mannered and never loses his composure,
Mr. De Pinna (“Middle Aged”) – Supporting
Mr. De Pinna arrived at the Vanderhof residence eight years ago to deliver ice and ended up moving in. Mr. De Pinna has clearly taken to this family’s way of life. He helps Paul make firecrackers, poses in Roman costume for Penny’s painting of a discus thrower, and remains undisturbed by the chaotic household.
Ed Carmichael (Age 28-35 +/-) – Supporting
Loyal and devoted 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.
Donald (Ageless) – Supporting
Boyfriend to Rheba, who serves as volunteer handyman and errand runner for the Sycamores. He is on welfare.
Wilbur C. Henderson (40 – 60) – Cameo/Supporting
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.
Tony Kirby (Mid/Late 20s) – Featured
He has fallen in love with Alice Sycamore and wants to marry her. Tony is a Vice President of Kirby & Co., his father’s business. Tony rejects his father’s business and embraces the Vanderhof’s philosophy of seeking happiness over wealth.
Boris Kolenkhov (mid 40s – mid 50s) – Supporting
A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is very concerned with world politics, and the deterioration of his homeland. He is the ballet instructor of Essie. He is opinionated and often loudly declares that something “stinks”!
Anthony P. Kirby (Mid 50s – Early 60s) – Large Supporting
Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who secretly despises his job. Conservative and repressed, he has perpetual indigestion He lives life “the right way” and is miserable for it. He undergoes the most major transformation in the play.