You Can’t Take It With You Auditions

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You Can’t Take It With You

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Director: Luke Hunt

Stage Manager: Stormy Lee


You Can’t Take It With You Auditions:

Monday, August 6 from 6-9pm at the Granbury Opera House (133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas 76048 – please enter through the artists entrance at the back of the building)

Callbacks (if needed – by invitation): Saturday, August 11 from 6pm-9pm at the Granbury Opera House (133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas 76048 – please enter through the artists entrance at the back of the building)

Audition Requirements:

  • Please come prepared with a headshot and resume.
  • You must note ALL conflicts for rehearsals and performances on the evening of your auditions.
  • Auditions will include a cold reading from the script.

Production Description

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. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.

Schedule Your Audition

  • Rehearsals will begin Saturday, August 18.  
  • Typically, rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 7-10pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on September 17-20 will be Sunday-Thursday from 6-10pm.
  • There may be a Que to Que rehearsal on Sunday, September 16.
  • The production runs from September 21 – October 7 with shows on Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
  • GTC is a non-Equity company. Actor stipends are available for some roles.
  • Housing is available upon request.

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Martin (Grandpa) Vanderhoff: Thirty-five years ago Grandpa walked away from a successful business career in order to be able to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.  Clearly the patriarch of his clan, Grandpa has imparted this infectious philosophy of personal happiness above all else, not only to his own progeny, but also to numerous others, such as Mr. De Pinna, who have happened to cross his path.

Penelope (Penny) Sycamore: Grandpa’s daughter, and heir to his ideal of carefree happiness, Penny spends much of her time writing plays, because a typewriter was delivered to the house by accident eight years previously.

Paul Sycamore: Penny’s husband, Paul apparently gave up a planned career as an architect to buy into Grandpa’s way of life.  Paul’s major activities include making fireworks and building mechano models.

Essie Carmichael: Penny and Paul’s daughter, Essie has spent the last eight years studying ballet with Kolenkhov, apparently without displaying any talent or attaining any level of proficiency.  Her only source of income is making and distributing homemade candy.  She and her husband Ed are considering having a baby, pending Grandpa’s approval.

Ed Carmichael: Essie’s husband, Ed helps Essie distribute candy, prints various circulars on his printing press, and plays the xylophone.

Alice Sycamore: Penny and Paul’s daughter, Alice is the only member of the family to be gainfully employed outside the house and in regular contact with outside society, working for Mr. Kirby at Kirby & Co.  Although she loves her family dearly, she is also sometimes frustrated or embarrassed by their absent-mindedness and unconventionality.

Anthony (Tony) Kirby, Jr.: The son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, Tony is the Vice President of Kirby & Co., a position that he has only held for a short while, as he is young and a recent college graduate.  Madly in love with Alice, he clearly chafes against the boredom of the life his father has scripted for him.

Anthony Kirby, Sr.: Mr. Kirby runs a successful business on Wall Street.  Conservative in his views, and a member of numerous social clubs, Mr. Kirby values his position and his social status.  As a young man, however, he had other dreams.

Miriam Kirby: Outwardly conservative like her husband, Mrs. Kirby also seems to conceal a discontent with the monotony of her life.

Rheba: The Vanderhoff family’s maid, most of the time Rheba is treated by them more as a member of the family or a trusted confidant than as a servant.

Donald: Rheba’s boyfriend, Donald is also an intimate member of the Vanderhoff family’s inner circle.  although he is on government relief, he also does odd jobs for the family.

Mr. De Pinna: Mr. De Pinna came to the Vanderhoff house eight years ago to deliver ice and has been there ever since.  He assists Paul with his firework experiments and generally assists Grandpa and his family as needed.

Boris Kolenkhov: Essie’s ballet instructor and an intimate friend of Grandpa Vanderhoff, Kolenkhov still keeps in touch with friends in his native Russia.  Through his friendships with displaced Russian nobility, he demonstrates his nostalgia for pre-Revolutionary czarist Russia.

Willie C. Henderson: A staunch government woman from the Internal Revenue Department, Henderson has been dispatched to collect twenty-four years worth of back income taxes from Grandpa Vanderhoff.

Grand Duchess Olga Katrina: The former Grand Duchess and cousin to the former Russian Czar, Olga Katrina now waits tables at Childs’ Restaurant in Times Square and reminisces with Kolenkhov about pre-Revolutionary Russia.