You Can't Take It With You

Theatre Charlotte will host auditions for You Can't Take It With You, a comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, on Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m. Need only to attend one of the dates; no appointment necessary. Readings will be from the script; sides available for perusal by emailing No phone calls please. Photos and resumes helpful, but not required.

Performance dates: October 28-November 13. Theatre Charlotte is committed to diversity on our stage and in our audience. We strongly encourage actors of color to audition.

All roles open:

Penelope "Penny" Sycamore (40+) - Usually goes by Penny, Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints as hobbies because it makes he happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife and is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family. Her main goal is to make sure everyone is happy, particularly her daughter Alice. View sides.

Martin "Grandpa" Vanderhof (60+) - Referred to mostly as Grandpa in the play. Father-in-law to Paul, father of Penny, grandfather of Alice and Essie. 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. He lives his life by the philosophy: "Don't do anything that you're not going to enjoy doing." He goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps. View sides.

Alice Sycamore (18+) - Fiance of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She 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. She tends to be a pessimist. View sides.

Tony Kirby (18+) - Fiance 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. His own family is very proper and has many issues none of them will admit. He must be properly adorable. View sides.

Anthony W. Kirby (45+) - Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job. His hobby is raising expensive orchids. He is also a member of the Harvard Society, the Union Club, the National Geographic Society, and the Racquet Club. Being rich and borderline snobby. View sides.

Essie Carmichael (25+) - Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is childish. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina. She has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer. View sides.

Boris Kolenkhov (30+) - A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is very concerned with world politics, and the deterioration of Russia. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, aware that she is untalented at dancing, but knows that she enjoys dancing so he keeps working with her. He likes the Greeks and the Romans, and questions contemporary society. He is opinionated and often loud. View sides.

Paul Sycamore (40+) - Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, Son-in-law of Martin. He is a Tinker who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets. View sides.

Ed Carmichael (25+) - 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. He prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie's candy. View sides.

Mr. De Pinna (30+) - The iceman who came inside to speak to Paul five years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a model in Mrs. Sycamore's paintings. He is a nutty guy. View sides.

Donald (25+) The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores. The characters of Donald and Rheba, according to the script, are African-American. These roles, and their dialogues, can be altered freely. View sides.

Rheba (25+) - The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is dating Donald. The characters of Donald and Rheba, according to the script, are African-American. These roles, and their dialogues, can be altered freely. View sides.

Wilbur C. Henderson (25+) - An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa, and can't understand why the latter won't pay income tax. View sides.

Miriam Kirby (45+) - Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household. Her hobby is spiritualism. View sides.

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (40+) - She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution, another being her sister, the Grand Duchess Natasha. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. View sides.

Gay Wellington (25+) - An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore's home. View sides.

G-Man 1 "The Man" (18 lines), G-Man 2 "Jim" (3 lines), G-Man 3 "Mac" (2 lines) (21+) - Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist things he prints up, such as "God is the State — the State is God". Small speaking roles. View sides.



2016/2017 Season

A Christmas Carol
Oct. 15 - 1 pm
Oct. 16 - 1 pm

Crimes of the Heart
Oct. 29 - 1 pm
Oct. 30 - 7 pm

A Raisin in the Sun
Jan. 22 - 7 pm
Jan. 23 - 7 pm

March 19 - 7 pm
March 20 - 7 pm

General Information

Anyone interested in performing on stage at Theatre Charlotte is welcome to audition. For musicals, generally you will be required to prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition and come dressed to move. For non-musicals you will most likely be asked to read scenes from the script. Perusal copies of scripts are often available for those interested in auditioning. Rehearsals are usually held Sunday through Thursday evenings. Theatre Charlotte is committed to diversity on our stage and in our audience. We strongly encourage actors of color to audition.


Concessions Manager

Theatre Charlotte is accepting applications for a Part-Time Concessions Manager. Working with other front-of-house staff and volunteers, this position will manage Theatre Charlotte's concessions stand during performances. This is a part-time position on a sporadic schedule in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Daily setup, breakdown, and storage of concessions inventory in an organized, attractive, and hygienic manner
• Fast, friendly and helpful customer service
• Tracking sales & inventory
• Facilitating cash & credit card sales
• Preparing daily sales tallies
• Assisting with restocking or pick-up of inventory and supplies
• Maintaining a clean environment in the concessions area
• Assisting with special events & parties as needed

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, outgoing, organized, and self-motivated. The ability to provide outstanding customer service is a must. Prior bartending experience is not required; some experience in the food-service industry or working as concessions staff in a theater or performance venue is a plus. Candidates must be computer literate, be able to open a bottle of wine with a corkscrew, have good communication skills, and be a team player. Minimum age is 21.

For most performances, the Concessions Manager will be required to arrive at the theater 60 to 90 minutes before curtain and may leave after intermission, following sufficient breakdown and clean up (for an approximate total commitment of 3-4 hours per performance). The Concessions Manager will be expected to assist with any pre- or post- show events as needed. This position requires a flexible schedule and includes nights, weekends, matinees, and some holidays.

2016-17 Season Performance Dates:
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: Sept. 9-11, 13-18, 20-25
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU: Oct. 28-30, Nov. 2-6, Nov 9-13
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 2-4, 6-11
CRIMES OF THE HEART: Jan. 20-22, 25-29, Feb. 1-5
A RAISIN IN THE SUN: March 17-19, 22-26, 29-April 2
MEMPHIS: May 12-14, 16-21, 23-28

If you are interested, please send your resume to No phone calls, please. Interviews will be scheduled beginning the week of August 22.