You Can't Take it With You

a comedy in 3 Acts by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman

Produced with permission of Dramatists Play Service, New York

November 21, 22 & 23, 1996 at 7:30 PM

McHale Auditorium

Time: June 1936
Place: The home of Mr. Martin Vanderhof
761 Claremont
New York, New York

Plot 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 to 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 family wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he arrives the next evening during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess from Russia, who earns her living as a waitress in a Times Square restaurant. 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 I.R.S. tax collector when he tells her he doesn't believe in the income tax. (Quoted and paraphrased from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. catalog)

Cast List

Mrs. Penelope Sycamore - Jessica Justice
Essie Carmichael (Paul & Penelope's daughter) - Allyson Corn
Rheba (the maid) - Jessica Pasel
Mr. Paul Sycamore - Daniel Kinney
Mr. De Pinna - James Maxon
Ed Carmichael (Essie's husband) - David Perrone
Donald (the maid's boy friend) - Brian Senesac
Mr. Martin Vanderhof (grandpa) - Joe Dillon
Alice Sycamore (Paul & Penelope's oldest daughter) - Brooke Bowditch
Miss Wilma C. Henderson (an I.R.S. Special Agent) - Heather Grigsby
Tony Kirby, Jr. - Aaron Smith
Mr. Boris Kolenkhov (the ballet instructor) - Hannes Hesse*
Miss Gay Wellington (an "actress") - Kristin Montgomery
Mr. Anthony Kirby, Sr. - Chris Roberts
Mrs. Miriam Kirby - Sarah Gonzales
Department of Justice Agents - Eric Konkle, Steve Nelson and Eric Spoor
The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina - Bekka Gaby

* = Note: Hannes is a foreign exchange student from Germany. He says, Please mail me because I like to read stupid stuff.

Production Staff

Director - Ms. Ann Lines
Designer & Technical Director - Jeff Davis
Assistant Technical Director - Carl Binney
Lighting Designer & Auditorium Manager - Ken Fraza
Assistant to the Director - Stacy Bickle
Stage Manager - Hepsey Shipman
Assistant Stage Managers - Christopher Brink and Luke Albrecht
Props Mistress - Samantha Boller
Costume Mistresses - Kathi Rogers and Brooke Hill
Shop Supervisor - Jacob Spence
Assistant Shop Supervisor - Ty Maloy
Master Electrician - Andrew Corn
Assistant Master Electrician - David Perrone
Sound Engineer - Justin Kirkwood
Technical Assistants - Zack Applebee and Emily Hoover
Set Construction: Luke Albrecht, Kendra Alford, David Brigance, Christopher Brink, Shannon Gasho, Rob Burkett, Aaron Dahman, David Davis, Martin Monahan, Earl Sherman, Evan Simms, David Perrone, Steve Nelson, James Cook, Justin Kirkwood and Andrew Corn
Makeup Chairmen - Aaron Dahman and Aaron Smith
Community Publicity - Kristin Montgomery and Heather Grigsby
In-School Publicity - Joe Dillon and Allyson Corn
Ushers Chairperson - Amy Samuels
Poster and sweatshirt art design - Jessica Justice
Box Office Secretary - Jenny Versnik

Photographs from the final dress rehearsal on November 20, 1996.

Company photograph from the March 1984 production.

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