You Can't Take it with You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn’t until Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all. You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.
April 26, 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8pm
April 29, May 6, 13 at 2:30pm
Auditions will be held February 19th and 20th. Check back for more information.
DIRECTOR, JILL BLOEDE
Jill Bloede has been working in Professional, Community, and Academic Theatre for close to 25 years. She holds 3 degrees in Acting/Directing (BFA from Kent State University, MA from Bowling Green State University, and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University) Jill served on the Faculty at UNC-Charlotte in Theatre before accepting the position of Artistic Associate at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for 17 years. Presently, Jill is a tenured Associate Professor at Belmont Abbey where she teaches Acting and Directing. Her last productions were the terrifyingly good The Woman in Black and the exquisite Peter and the Starcatcher. Jill freelances as Dialect/Dialogue Coach with Fox’s 10-week event Shots Fired last summer.as well as Fox/Showtime’s Homeland for two seasons, Cinemax’s Outcast, and, come fall Mary Poppins for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Audiences may remember Jill from Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Actor’s Theatre), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Penny Sycamore (You Can’t Take it With You) and she is slated to direct The Nerd for Theatre Charlotte. Acting, Directing, Teaching, Coaching…it all comes down to one word: Play!