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AUDITIONS: YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2022
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

About the Play/Event

Director: Mitchell Nunn
Run: Feb. 15 — Feb. 17, 2022 performs April 9 - May 7, 2022

Synopsis
TITLE: YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

AUTHOR: Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

DIRECTOR: Mitchell Nunn

RUN:  April 9 – May 7, 2022

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.

This is a community theater production.  Non-Equity.  There is no pay. 

At this time, all volunteers including actors must be fully vaccinated to participate in shows.

AUDITION DATES:

Open Call:

Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 15 & Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse  

Callbacks:

Date and Time: Thursday, Feb. 18,  7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.

REHEARSALS:

First Rehearsal – First Read-Through: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, Noon – 4pm

Regular Rehearsal: Starts Mon., Feb. 21, 2022. General days and times: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 7pm – 10pm, Saturdays, 9am – Noon.

Location: Long Beach Playhouse

Beginning Rehearsal Schedule

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Bring headshot and resume. 

Sides for cold readings will be provided at the auditions.

Please bring your vaccination card as written proof of full vaccination to the auditions. 

Masks will be required at the auditions.

 SHORT SYNOPSIS: 

You Can’t Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, strait-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night.  At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder.

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

NOTE:  All ethnicities are encouraged to audition and will be considered for any role.

MARTIN VADERHOF (M, 70’s) – The patriarch of the household, Martin (aka Grandpa) is Penny’s father. “He is a man who made his peace with
the world a long, long time ago, and his whole attitude and manner are quietly persuasive of this.” Having given up his job 35 years ago to enjoy his life, he is happy attending circuses, commencement ceremonies, and collecting snakes.

PENELOPE SYCAMORE (F, Early 50’s) – Known as Penny, she is an avid, amateur playwright, and painter. And not too good. “Comfortable, gentle, homey… under that placid exterior there surges the Divine Urge.” She is the daughter of Martin, wife of Paul and mother of Essie and Alice.

ALICE SYCAMORE (F, early 20’s) – The younger child of Penny and Paul, “she seems to have escaped the mild tinge of insanity that pervades” the rest of her family. She is the only member of the household with steady employment out in “the real world.” Although well aware of their “quirks,” she loves and is truly devoted to her family.

TONY KIRBY (M, mid 20’s) – Mr. Anthony Kirby, Jr. is the Vice President of his father’s business, Kirby & Company, where Alice is his secretary. “Although he fits all the physical requirements of a boss’s son, his face has something in the idealist of it. All in all, a very nice young man.”

ESSIE CARMICHAEL (F, about 29) – Eldest child of Penny and Paul, and wife of Ed. “…curious air of the pixie about her.” She makes candies and studies ballet (endlessly and fruitlessly).

ED CARMICHAEL (M, 30’s) – Husband of Essie Carmichael. Plays the xylophone (actor need not be proficient), and creates various flyers and leaflets with his home printing press, while also helping to sell Essie’s candies.

PAUL SYCAMORE (M, 50’s) – Paul is Penny’s husband, father of Essie and Alice. He spends most of  his time making fireworks in the basement with Mr. De Pinna. He also builds toy models.

MR. DE PINNA (M, 40-65) – Mr. De Pinna is a former ice deliveryman. About 8 years ago, he delivered ice to the house, and never left. Spends most of his time making fireworks with Paul.

RHEBA (F, 30’s) – The “maid,” Rheba is perhaps not the most competent of domestic workers. But, she fits in with this family to a tee.

DONALD (M, 30’s) – Rheba’s boyfriend. He is “on relief,” and therefore spends most of his time with Rheba and the family. He enjoys bringing flies for the snakes, and helping out around the house.

BORIS KOLENKHOY (M, 50’s-60’s) – A Russian émigré, Kolenkhov is Essie’s private ballet instructor. “He is enormous, hairy, loud, and very, very Russian.”

MR. ANTHONY KIRBY, SR. (M, late 50’s) – The president and founder of “Kirby & Company.” He is the epitome of the extremely wealthy and successful, self-made businessman. He raises orchids as a hobby.

MRS. MIRIAM KIRBY (F, 50’s) – A perfect match for her husband, Mrs. Kirby is the quintessential, high society matron. She has an avid interest in Spiritualism.

WILBUR C. HENDERSON (M, late 20’s-30’s) – Mr. Henderson is the “tax man,” and all that that entails. (Will double as a G MAN.)

GAY WELLINGTON (F, 20s – 60s) – An “actress” with a distinct fondness for gin. (Will double as OLGA KATRINA.)

THE GRAND DUCHESS OLGA KATRINA (F, 60’s) – A Russian émigré, Olga is a waitress at Child’s Restaurant, Times Square. Her cousin was Nicholas II, Czar of Russia. (Will double as GAY WELLINGTON.)

G MEN (M, late 20’s-30’s) – Two Men – Agents of the Department of Justice.

 

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