You Can’t Take it With You

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.

Cast/Characters

Penelope Sycamore – Char Koehler

Essie – Susan McIntosh

Rheba – Debra Stache

Paul Sycamore – Tom Clegg

Mr. De Pinna –  Jeffery S. Kelm

Ed – Brian Mathew Leffin

Donald – Randall Elliott Stache

Martin Vanderhof – Peter Moody

Alice – Hilarie Lynn Mukavitz

Henderson – Michael Bennett

Tony Kirby – David J. Pyawasay

Boris Kolenkhov – Bruce Fraser

Gay Wellinton – Michelle Robert

Mr. Kirby – Robert L. Wade

Mrs. Kirby – Jackie Blindauer

Three Strangers – Kent Radloff, Tanya Masbruch, Kat Moungey

Olga – Lorraine Selinski

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Stage Manager: William R. Lund

Asst. Stage Manager: Jennifer Schleinz

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Nancy Klein, Joyce Nery, Bev Dulmes

Light Design: Rick Klein

Sound Design: Lee J. Schneider

Properties: Karen Herman

Make-Up Design: Cathy Perronne, Kathryn Pearce

Master Carpenter: Don Held

Paint Master: Colleen Bertram