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You Can’t Take it With You Auditions Announced

The Royal Players will hold auditions June 13th and 14th at 6:30 for You Can’t Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The production, directed by Frank O. Butler, is Aug. 11-14;18-21. Auditions are at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Downtown Benton on Monday. The Tuesday auditions will be in the choir room of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market, Benton. Theater phone is 501-3125-5483.

The original production of the play premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was adapted for the screen as You Can’t Take It with You, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. There will be cold readings from the script. Auditions are at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Downtown Benton. Theater phone is 501-3125-5483, and the website is

Plot Summary –
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.
Martin Vanderhof (Grandpa) – Elderly Male – Penelope’s father, family patriarch
Penelope Sycamore (Penny) – Mature Adult Female – married to Paul, writer
Paul Sycamore – Mature Adult Male – married to Penny, makes fireworks
Essie Carmichael – Adult Female – eldest daughter of Penny & Paul, married to Ed, horrible ballet dancer Anyone auditioning for Essie may be asked to dance spontaneously, so be ready.
Alice Sycamore – Young Adult Female – youngest daughter of Penny & Paul, embarrassed by family
Ed Carmichael – Adult Male – married to Essie, plays the xylophone and prints flyers
Tony Kirby – Young Adult/Adult Male – Alice’s boyfriend
Mr. Anthony Kirby – Mature Adult Male – Tony’s father, Wall Street mogul
Mrs. Miriam Kirby – Mature Adult Female – Tony’s mother
Boris Kolenkov – Adult Male – Essie’s ballet teacher
Donald – African-American Adult Male – Rheba’s boyfriend
Rheba – African-American Adult Female – Donald’s girlfriend and the Sycamore’s maid
Mr. De Pinna – Mature Adult Male – family friend of the Sycamores, assists Paul
Wilbur Henderson – Adult Male – IRS worker
Gay Wellington – Adult Female – actress friend of Penny’s, reads her plays
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina – Mature Adult Female – Grand duchess of Russia before the Revolution, now a waitress
3 male extras

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