Open Auditions: "You Can't Take It With You"

Posted on: Sep, 23, 2019

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Attend either day:

Tuesday, September 24 @ 4:00 pm [OR]

Wednesday, September 25 @ 6:00 pm



1620 Edward P. Smith Drive

Aberdeen, WA 98520


No preparation required. We’ll be reading scenes from the script.

Performance Dates: November 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17 , 2019

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Help bring this Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy to life!

Character Summary (Approximate age range): 


Essie Carmichael (18-25)

Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is child-like. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina. She has spent 8 years studying ballet with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.

Rheba (18+)

The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, "The two of them are really cute together."

Gay Wellington (25+)

An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk, and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore's home.

Miriam Kirby (40+)

Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household. Her hobby is spiritualism.

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (30+)

She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution, another being her sister, the Grand Duchess Natasha. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant.

Penelope Sycamore (18-40)

Usually goes by Penny. The mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints as hobbies because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who is constantly concerned with the welfare and happiness of her family.  

Alice Sycamore (18-40)

Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She is the only "normal" member of the extended family. She has an office job, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family when she has Tony and his parents at her house, yet she still loves them. She tends to be a pessimist.


Mr. De Pinna (40+)

The ice man who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a model in Mrs. Sycamore's paintings.

Donald (18+)

Boyfriend of Rheba. Serves as volunteer handyman for the family.

Anthony W. Kirby (50+)

Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job. His hobby is raising expensive orchids. He is also a member of the Harvard Society, the Union Club, National Geographic Society, and the Racquet Club.

Wilbur C. Henderson (25+)

Employee of the IRS who comes to collect taxes owed by Grandpa.

G-Man 1 (The Man), G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac) (All 18+)

Three government agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist origin of some of the suspicious quotes he printed and placed in Essie's candy boxes. 

Paul Sycamore (40+)

Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, son-in-law of Martin. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets. 

Ed Carmichael (25-50)

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 'catchy' to him. He prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie's candy, which make 3 Government agents suspicious.

Martin Vanderhof (50+)

Father-in-law to Paul, father of Penny, grandfather of Alice and Essie. He is an eccentric happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he feels that the government wouldn't know what to do with the money if he paid it. Once a very successful businessman, he left his job 35 years prior for no reason other than to just relax. He lives his life by the philosophy "don't do anything that you're not going to enjoy doing". He goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps.

Tony Kirby (18+)

Fiancé of Alice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, VP of Kirby and Co. Even though the Sycamores appear odd, he thinks they are really the perfect family because they love and care about each other. His own family is very proper and has many issues none of them will admit. 

Boris Kolenkhov (25+)

A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. Very concerned with society, world politics, and the deterioration of Russia. As Essie’s ballet instructor, he continues to work with her because she enjoys it--even though she is untalented.