You Can’t Take It With You



You Can’t Take
It with You

by
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Directed by
Jill Campbell

Lighting Designer
Donald Ishler III

Scenic Designer
Brandon Phillips

Technical Director
Steve McGuire

Stage Manager
Laura Shannon

Costume Designer
Edna M. Immel

Apprentice Coordinator
William C. Mulberger

ABOUT THE PLAY

You Can’t Take It With You opened in New York right before Christmas of 1936 in the middle of the Great Depression. It went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and later, as a movie, an Oscar. It has been given major New York revivals and has proved to be a mainstay for
high school theatre groups and community theatres. This is SCCT’s fourth production: 1966, 1976, 1992, 2003.

The reasons for its popularity are not hard to find. It is a funny play, with humor growing out of character and not from one-liners. It is tightly constructed and rich in characters, including Gay Wellington, “a nymphomaniac and a terrible souse,” and the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina, now working as a waitress at ChiIds. They both make brief but unforgettable appearances. The play is also family fare-notwithstanding the aforementioned Miss Wellington-and it builds to an explosive, and I mean explosive, Act Two climax.

But for all its farcical goings-on, the play has a serious point to make, one not lost on depression audiences or, for that matter, on today’s audiences rocked by financial scandals. “Life is kind of beautiful if you let it come to you.” And beautiful it is for the Sycamore family.

As Grandpa tells Mr. Kirby, most people’s time is “spent in doing things” they don’t want to do. But in the world of You Can’t Take It With You, there is time for everything-time to take up writing (Penny is working on a play Sex in a Monastery), building erector sets, making
candy, spouting Trotsky (this is the 1930s after all), studying ballet, posing as a model, making fireworks, and, yes, even playing the saxophone, especially playing the saxophone.

If you follow Grandpa’s advice, you can-to borrow the title of another Pulitzer Prize play a few years later, one with its own assortment of zany, colorful, eccentric characters-have The Time of Your Life.

Richard B. Gidez

 Performed   June 11-14, 17-21 2003

* CAST OF CHARACTERS*

Penelope Vanderhof Sycamore……….. June Ramsay
Essie Carmichael…………………………. Audra Detterbeck
Rheba ……………………………………… Kizzy Nicholas
Paul Sycamore……………………………..Bob Lillie
Mr. De Pinna ………………………………George Baumer
Ed Carmichael……………………………..Jason Meyer
Donald………………………………………Ahmed Khadr
Martin Vanderhof………………………… Gert Aron
Alice Sycamore…………………………… Miranda Libkin
Henderson …………………………………Billy Mulberger
Tony Kirby…………………………………Jason Lally
Boris Kolenkhov…………………………. Steve McGuire
Gay Wellington …………………………..Emily Romanczyk
Mr. Kirby…………………………………. Jeff Bleam
Mrs. Kirby………………………………… Kim Weaver
G-Men ……………………………John Ake, Phil Brannen, Jere McCarthy
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina…………. BB L. Mure