Tuesday, October 29 (for schools) daytime
Wednesday,Friday, Saturday, Oct 30, Nov 1 & 2 @7:00pm,
Sunday, November 3 @2:00pm
Show Information :
The play is popular among theater programs of high school institutions, and has been one of the 10 most-produced school plays every year since amateur rights came available in 1939.
The story takes place entirely in the large house of a slightly batty New York City family. Various characters in the lives of the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael clan are introduced in the first act.
The patriarch of the family, Grandpa Vanderhof, is an eccentric old man who keeps snakes and has never paid his income tax. Penelope “Penny” Vanderhof Sycamore is his daughter (a writer of adventure- and sex-filled melodrama plays), and is married to Paul Sycamore, a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant, Mr. De Pinna, who used to be the family’s iceman. One of Paul and Penny’s two daughters is Essie Sycamore Carmichael, a childish candymaker who dreams of being a ballerina (but in reality is terrible at dancing). Essie is married to Ed Carmichael, a xylophone player who lives with them and helps distribute Essie’s candies. Ed is an amateur printer who prints any phrase that sounds catchy. Paul and Penny’s other daughter Alice Sycamore is quite obviously the only “normal” family member. She has an office job and is sometimes embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family, yet deep down, she still loves them. In addition, the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael clan employs a maid, Rheba, who is dating Donald, a handyman who performs odd jobs for the Sycamores.
MAIN CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
Penelope Sycamore: The daughter of Martin Vanderhof, mother of Essie and Alice, and wife of Paul, Penelope is the fluttery, gentle lady of the house. She decided to become a playwright when a typewriter was delivered to their house by mistake. Since that time this accidental playwright has spent much of her time writing works with titles such as Poison Gas.
Essie: The daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and wife of Ed, Essie is a pixie in toeshoes. At the age of twenty-nine, she wants to be a dancer in the worst way–and, according to any unbiased observer, that is exactly what she is. The eternal student, she takes lessons from Boris Kolenkhov and is constantly dancing across the living room.
Rheba: The maid in the Vanderhof household, she probably understands this unusual family better than anyone.
Paul Sycamore: The husband of Penelope and father of Essie, Paul Sycamore is in his mid-fifties, but with a kind of youthful air. His quiet charm and mild manner are distinctly engaging. However, under that unassuming exterior lies a man who lives for his fireworks–the ones he manufactures in the cellar.
Mr. De Pinna: Years ago Mr. De Pinna was delivering ice to the Vanderhof home–and just decided to stay. Now the mad genius of pyrotechnics helps out Paul in the cellar.
Ed: The husband of Essie, Ed is a nondescript young man in his mid-thirties. However, he has two passions: the printing press and the xylophone.
Donald: Rheba’s boyfriend, Donald spends a lot of comfortable time at the Vanderhof home.
Martin Vanderhof: The patriarchal head of the family, Grandpa Martin Vanderhof is about seventy-five, a man whom the years have treated kindly. He is a man who made his peace with the world long, long ago, and his whole attitude and manner are quietly persuasive of this. He does, however, have a long-standing “disagreement” with the Internal Revenue Service.
Alice: The daughter of Penelope and Paul and sister of Essie, Alice is a lovely, fresh young girl of about twenty-two. Because she is a secretary in a Wall Street office, she is in daily contact with the world and seems to have escaped the tinge of mild insanity that pervades the rest of the family; however, her familial devotion and love are readily apparent. In the course of the play she is engaged to marry Tony Kirby, her boss’s son.
Tony Kirby: The boyfriend and later fiancé of Alice, Tony Kirby is a personable young man not long out of Yale and Cambridge. Although he fits all the physical requirements of a boss’s son, his face (and his spirit) has something of the idealist in it, invoking in him a certain fondness for the Vanderhofs’ quirkiness.
Boris Kolenkhov: Essie’s dance teacher, Boris Kolenkhov is a hearty, explosive, Russian ballet-master.
Mr. Kirby: Tony’s father and Alice’s boss in the Wall Street office, Mr. Kirby is a successful businessman who wants his son to follow in his footsteps; thus, he is very disapproving of the Vanderhof family and of his son’s engagement to Alice.
Mrs. Kirby: Tony’s mother, Mrs. Kirby is of the same mind and temperament as her husband.
YOU MUST SIGN UP TO AUDITION BEFORE TUESDAY, AUG 20!!! – NO WALK -ONS
SIGN UP FORMS ARE IN MR. SEGAL’S ROOM
Read all of the information in this section and “How to audition” in the sidebar. Pick the Sides (excerpts of the script) of the gender you are auditioning for.
They are here: yctiwy – side 1 yctiwy – side 2 yctiwy side 3 Yctiwy side 4
YCTIWY side 5
YCTIWY side 6
Print the sides out of your desired gender role!
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE CELL PHONES TO READ YOUR SCRIPTS!
First audition: Tuesday August 20 in the PAC – 4:00pm – 6:00 (or later if we need it)
If you need to be out by a certain time, let me know and I’ll adjudicate you early.
Callbacks will be posted on line at this website by Wednesday Night, 6:00pm)
Callbacks: a select amount from first audition will be called back to perform again, this time for final casting on Thursday, August 22, 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the PAC
Final cast will be posted on line by Sunday, August 25 @ 6:00pm
FIRST MEETING OF CAST = MONDAY , AUGUST 26 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Bring dinner or have delivered for 6:30pm
rehearsal schedule posted here: YCTIWY rehearsal schedule
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