Roles in the Play
Red Curtain will consider gender- and color-blind casting where appropriate. For more info, email us or call 360.322.7402.
Penelope Sycamore: Penny is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both.
Martin Vanderhof: He is an eccentric happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he doesn't believe in it, as he feels that the government wouldn't know what to do with the money if he paid it.
Alice Sycamore: Daughter of Paul and Penny. She is the only "normal" family member. 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.
Essie Carmichael: Daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore. As a hobby she makes candy that her husband Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina. She has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.
Tony Kirby: Fiancé of Alice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. He sees how, even though the Sycamores appear odd, they are really the perfect family because they love and care about each other. He is vice president of Kirby and Co.
Paul Sycamore: Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, son-in-law of Martin. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement.
Anthony W. Kirby: Tony's father. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job.
Miriam Kirby: Tony's mother. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household.
Mr. De Pinna: 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.
Ed Carmichael: 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 good to him.
The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina: She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress.
Rheba: The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is dating Donald.
Donald: Rheba's boyfriend, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores.
Wilbur C. Henderson: An employee of the IRS.
Boris Kolenkhov: A Russian ballet instructor who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is aware that Essie is untalented at dancing, but knows that she enjoys dancing so he keeps working with her.
Gay Wellington: An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays.
G-Man 1 (Chief), G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac): Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist quotes he prints up and places in Essie's candy boxes.
RCF announces two nights of auditions, Feb. 1 and 2, at the Red Curtain Arts Center (9315 State Ave, suite J in Marysville), for the classic American comedy, "You Can't Take It With You." Performances will be March 24-April 9, 2017.
The play, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and directed by Zoaunne LeRoy, introduces us to the eccentric Sycamore family -- three generations of messy, happy individualists who pursue hobbies with a passion and resolutely tread their own paths. For the sake of Alice, the family tries to make a good impression on her fiance's uptight parents, but the effort goes terribly awry.
This is a warm-hearted comedy, filled with memorable characters that have been delighting audiences since the 1930s.
Actors should come prepared with a two-minute monologue and be prepared for cold readings from the script. To reserve an audition time, please email your current headshot and resume to email@example.com. This is a non-paying, community theatre production.