May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sierra Stages Studio
343 Railroad Ave
Nevada City, CA 95959
Sierra Stages
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Scott Gilbert
Open Auditions will be held at the following times:
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 11 AM to 2 PM
If you would like to audition but are unable to make either of these dates, please contact [email protected].

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a classic American stage comedy that deftly blends elements of farce, slapstick, whimsical humor, social commentary, and romance, together with a generous dash of good-natured optimism about the human condition. First staged in 1936, at a time when the United States was only beginning to recover from the bleakest days of the Great Depression, “You Can’t Take It With You” was the third play written by the team of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the most successful collaborators in the history of the American theater.  

Auditions will take place at:

Sierra Stages Studio
343 Railroad Avenue
Nevada City CA 95959 (map)

Directions from Grass Valley: Take 49 North. Exit at Sacramento Street in Nevada City. Take a sharp right onto Railroad Avenue at the stop sign at the end of the off-ramp. Follow Railroad Avenue past Tri-Counties Bank. The studio is two buildings down on the left, next to Nevada City Automotive.

Directions from Nevada City: From Broad Street, take Sacramento Street (past the Stone House). Go through the stop sign, and take a left onto Railroad Avenue after the Chevron station. Follow Railroad Avenue past Tri-Counties Bank. The studio is two buildings down on the left, next to Nevada City Automotive.

Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 11 AM to 2PM. If you are called back for one or more roles, we’ll email you with scheduling and other information. Not every actor who auditions will be asked to the callbacks, and casting some parts may not require a callback audition.

NOTE:  All roles in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU are unpaid.

Important Information about Scheduling Auditions:

In order to streamline the auditions, we would like you to pick a time slot from the following options by filling out the online Audition Scheduling Survey below:

1.  Saturday, May 19:  10 AM – 11 AM
2.  Saturday, May 19:  11 AM – 12 PM
3.  Sunday, May 20:  11 AM – 12 PM
4.  Sunday, May 20:  12 PM – 1 PM
5.  Sunday, May 20:  1 PM – 2 PM

Please make sure you fill out the Audition Scheduling Survey, so that we can make best use of your valuable time. 

You can also fill out the audition form ahead of time, so you don’t need to do it when you arrive at the auditions. Please download, print, and fill out the form, if you can. You can also fill out the form online, if you’d prefer. 

Also, please join our mailing list so we can keep you up to date about future auditions and events.

What to Prepare for Your Audition:
You are welcome to prepare a one-minute monologue of your choice.
You do not have to prepare a monologue.
f you do not prepare a monologue, you will be asked to read one of the sides provided at the audition.

Scripts for “You Can’t Take It With You” are readily found everywhere, including here.
If you have difficulty finding a copy, please contact [email protected], or call 530-346-3210  for assistance.

Rehearsal Schedule:
Rehearsals generally occur on Sundays (2 PM to 5PM or 5PM to 8PM), and Mondays through Thursdays (6PM to 9PM), starting the week of July 8.

The show will run for three weekends (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM)  from September 20 through October 6 at the Nevada Theatre.

Preparing for the audition:
1. Download, print, and fill out the audition form, or fill in the audition form online and we’ll have it at the auditions, ready to go.
2. Fill out the audition survey and choose a time.
3. If you want, you may prepare a one-minute monologue of your choice.  (Otherwise you will be asked to read one of the sides provided at the audition.)

See you there!

For questions or concerns, contact [email protected], or call 530-346-3210.


All roles are open. Suggested ages refer to the age of the characters in the show, not the ages of the actors. All roles are unpaid.

The Women (7 Roles)

Penelope Sycamore (Early/Mid 50s)
Usually goes by Penny. She is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. A loving and caring mother and wife, Penny is as eccentric as the other members of her family.

Essie Carmichael (Mid-20s – early 30s) 
Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. Like the other Sycamores, Essie is both happily absorbed in tasks which amuse her and wholly undisturbed by the eccentricities of her family.

Rheba (Ageless)
The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald. 

Alice Sycamore (Early to Mid 20s)
Penny and Paul’s attractive younger daughter (Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie). She falls in love with Tony Kirby. She works for Kirby and company, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family when she has Tony and his parents at her house.

Gay Wellington (Over 40) 
“An actress, nymphomaniac, and a terrible souse,” comes to the Sycamore house to discuss a script with Penny but then passes out on the couch. She occasionally awakens, usually just in time to contribute to the chaos that erupts following the Kirbys’ unexpected visit.

Miriam Kirby (Mid 50s – Early 60s)
Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman.

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (mid 40s – mid 50s)
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 in Childs Restaurant. 

The Men (9 Roles)

Grandpa – Martin Vanderhof (Early/Mid 70s) 
Father of Penny, Grandfather to Alice and Essie. Head of the household. He is an eccentric but wise and happy older 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.

Paul Sycamore (Late 50s – Early 60s)
Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, Son-in-law of Martin.
He is a tinkerer who makes fireworks the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. 

Mr. De Pinna (“Middle Aged”)
Mr. De Pinna arrived at the Vanderhof residence eight years ago to deliver ice and ended up moving in. 

Ed Carmichael (Late 20s – late 30s) 
Loyal and devoted husband of Essie, son-in-law of Paul and Penny. He is a xylophone player, and distributes Essie’s candies. 

Donald (Ageless)
Boyfriend to Rheba, who serves as volunteer handyman and errand runner for the Sycamores.

Wilbur C. Henderson (40 – 60)
An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa.

Tony Kirby (Mid/Late 20s)
A “very nice young man” who has recently attended Yale and Cambridge.
He has fallen in love with Alice Sycamore and wants to marry her. Tony is a Vice President of Kirby & Co., his father’s business.

Boris Kolenkhov (mid 40s – mid 50s) 
A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, aware that she is untalented at dancing, and ever the opportunist, he keeps working with her, conveniently, at meal times. 

Anthony P. Kirby (Mid 50s – Early 60s)
Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 530.346.3210.