Theatre Auditions

HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre

You Can’t Take It With You

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Directed by Joyce Maltby

You Can't Take It With You is a farcical comedy that examines what truly makes a happy life. The extended Sycamore/Vanderhof/Carmichael clan's New York house is a jumble of candy making, ballet dancing, firework building, snake wrangling, and xylophone playing antics. When you add in Grandpa's tax evasion and the Russian Grand Duchess cooking dinner in the kitchen, Alice Sycamore fears her boyfriend Tony Kirby will never accept her family's eccentric chaos.
This Pulitzer Prize winning American classic is currently enjoying a successful revival on Broadway starring James Earl Jones.“”You Can’t Take It With You” is a time-released happy pill.” - NY Daily News

Auditions will be held:

Friday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24, at 12:00 noon
Monday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m.

Performances run Thursdays thru Sundays, April 3 thru April 26, 2015.


Martin (Grandpa) Vanderhoff:  Thirty-five years ago Grandpa walked away from a successful business career in order to be able to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.

Penelope (Penny) Sycamore:  Grandpa’s daughter, and heir to his ideal of carefree happiness, Penny spends much of her time writing plays, because a typewriter was delivered to the house by accident eight years previously.

Paul Sycamore:  Penny’s husband, Paul apparently gave up a planned career as an architect to buy into Grandpa’s way of life.  Paul’s major activities include making fireworks and building mechanical models.

Essie Carmichael:  Penny and Paul’s daughter, Essie has spent the last eight years studying ballet with Kolenkhov, apparently without displaying any talent or attaining any level of proficiency.  Her only source of income is making and distributing homemade candy.

Ed Carmichael:  Essie’s husband, Ed helps Essie distribute candy, prints various circulars on his printing press, and plays the xylophone.

Alice Sycamore:  Penny and Paul’s daughter, Alice is the only member of the family to be gainfully employed outside the house and in regular contact with outside society, working for Mr. Kirby at Kirby & Co.

Anthony (Tony) Kirby, Jr.:  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, Tony is the Vice President of Kirby & Co., a position that he has only held for a short while, as he is young and a recent college graduate.  Madly in love with Alice, he clearly chafes against the boredom of the life his father has scripted for him.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Scripts will be available for perusal on the premises at the windward and downtown campus libraries. It is highly recommended that you be familiar with the script before coming to auditions, although not mandatory.

Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday through Friday evenings from 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. and some weekend days as needed.

For more information about the production, call Joyce Maltby: 391-2000 or Janine Myers: 386-4753.

Auditions, rehearsals and performances are held in HPU’s windward campus Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe (just off the Pali Highway).