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 – Mimi Imig

Essie Carmichael – Jeanne Weiskopf

Rheba – Judith Walkenhorst

Paul Sycamore – Don De Roche

Mr. DePinna – Roger Fischer

Ed Carmichael – Edwin R. “Bob” Berg

Donald – James R. Molenda

Martin Vanerhof – Michael L. Richdorf

Alice – Lou Kelley

Henderson – Carl H. Martens

Tony Kirby – Thomas Zientek

Boris Kolenkhov – William J. Ballhorn

Gay Wellington – Susan Sprenger

Mr. Kirby – Paul Albrecht

Mrs. Kirby – Marjory Albrecht

Three Men – Larry Grabowski, Philip Ongna, Peter Moody

Olga – Karen Schreiber

Production Staff

Director: David C. Bryant

Set Design: Marilyn Zastrow & John Brick

Stage Manager: Peter Moody

Production Manager: Don Zastrow

Technical Manager: Henry Wweinberger Jr

Technical Director: John Brick

Costume Mistress: Marcella Held

Advisor: Ruth Whinfield

Master Electrician: Roland K. Lorenz

Properties: Carole Schmitt

Co-Chairman: Pearl Haartman

Make-Up Master: Arno Roehl

Master Carpenter: Chester Hurtienne

Paint Master: Marilyn Zastrow

Prompter: Elaine Jerving

Cover Art: Roger Lahm