Can’t Take it With You 

We’re looking for a set construction coordinator for You Can’t Take it With You.  Please contact us at PaysonCommunityTheatre@gmail.com if interested. 

You Can’t Take It With You is the perfect play for Payson, Utah’s community theater. This classic comedy tells the story of the quirky and lovable Sycamore family, whose eccentric habits drive their wealthy and conservative neighbors mad.

Filled with hilarious one-liners and heartwarming moments, You Can’t Take It With You is a delightful and uplifting tale that is sure to have audiences of all ages laughing and smiling from beginning to end.

With a talented cast of local actors and a charming script, this production is not to be missed. So don’t delay, get your tickets today for You Can’t Take It With You at Payson, Utah’s community theater!


Jan 17 & 18 from 6 – 8pm at Mt. Nebo Middle School

Spread the news we officially have an audition link!
Remember auditions are for those 18+.  Call backs will be Jan 19 from 6-8pm for those who make it. Auditioners can sign up for a 5 minute time slot. If people walk in, they must sign up on Casting Manager when they arrive. That’s the only way to get their information on the sheets.


Performance dates will be March 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 10, and 11.

Cast List:

Essie Carmichael – Carrie Alba

Penny Sycamore- Marian Scadden

Rheba- Tina Turner

Paul Sycamore – Christopher Scadden

Ed Carmichael- Thomas Petrucka

Mr. DePinna- Calvin Kitchen

Donald- William Wood

Grandpa Vanderhof – Bill Brown

Alice Sycamore – Nettie Knudsen

Mr. Henderson- Marcus Williams

Tony Kirby- Dylan Jack

Madame Kolenkov- Emma Black

Gay Wellington- Mary Hansen

Mr. Kirby- Ben Hyde

Mrs. Kirby- Molly Kearns

Olga Katrina- Hannah Remund

The G Man- James Eastman



More about the show

Penelope Sycamore

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 her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family. Her main goal is to make sure everyone is happy, particularly her daughter Alice. She is a main character.

Essie Carmichael

Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is childlike. 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.


The African-American maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, “The two of them are really cute together, something like Porgy and Bess.”

Paul Sycamore

Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, son-in-law of Martin. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets.

Mr. De Pinna

The ice man who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a model in Mrs. Sycamore’s paintings.

Ed Carmichael

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 ‘catchy’ to him. He prints up dinner menus for his family and communist pamphlets that he places in the boxes of Essie’s candy. He also likes to make masks.


The African-American boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores.

Martin Vanderhof

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 if he paid it. Once a very successful businessman, he left his job 35 years prior for no reason other than to just relax. 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. He is a main character.

Alice Sycamore

Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She is the only “normal” member of the extended family. 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.

Wilbur C. Henderson

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.

Tony Kirby

Fiancé 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 is vice president of Kirby and Co.

Boris Kolenkhov

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 admires the ancient Greeks and the Romans, questions society, and is interested in world affairs.

Gay Wellington

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.

Anthony W. Kirby

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.

Miriam Kirby

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.

G-Man 1 (The Man), G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac)

Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist origin of some of the ‘catchy’ quotes he printed and placed in Essie’s candy boxes, such as “God is the State – the State is God” and “Dynamite the White House“.

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina

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. The rest of her family has had a similar fate, such as her Uncle Sergei, the Grand Duke, who is now an elevator operator. She loves to cook as a hobby.



Grandpa (The patriarch of the family)


You know Mr. Kirby, I used to go down to that office at 9am sharp no matter how I felt. Lay awake nights for fear I wouldn’t get that contract. Used to worry about the world too. Used to worry about whether Cleveland or Blaine was going to be elected President. Seemed awfully important at the time, but who cares now? Where do you think you get your indigestion from, happiness? I don’t think so. You get it because most of your time is spent doing things you don’t want to do. You said last night at the end of a week on Wall Street you’re pretty near crazy. Why do you keep doing it? You can’t take it with you.


Tony is going through what you and I did when we were his age. I think if you listen hard enough you can hear yourself saying the same things to your father 25 years ago. We all did it. And we were right. How many of us would be willing to settle, when we’re young, for what we eventually get? All those plans we make…what happens to them? It’s only a handful of the lucky ones that can look back and say that they even came close. So before you clean out those closets Mr. LKKirby, I’d get in a few hours on that saxophone. 


Penny Sycamore (grandpa’s daughter, Alice’s mother)

 Oh now,  Anybody can get mixed up, Mr. Kirby. We’d better get some dinner for you folks, hadn’t we? It’s not a bit of a bother. ED! Go down to the A & P and get half a dozen bottles of beer, and – ah- some canned salmon (she squeals) You like canned salmon Mr. Kirby? You can’t have frankfurters if you rather… Oh! We’ll make frankfurters, and some canned corn, and Campbell’s soup. You got that Ed! The A&P is just around the corner and frankfurters don’t take any time at all to boil. (she giggles at her genius) 

Paul Sycamore (Penny’s husband)

Look Penny! What do you think of these little firecrackers we just made? We can sell them 10 strings for a cent! Listen! (he lights a string of firecrackers and then laughs) Nice, huh?Wait till you see the new rockets. Gold stars, blue stars then the bombs…then there’s a balloon! Mr. DePinna thought of the balloon. Costs us 18 cents to make and we can sell ‘em for fifty. You know we’re going to need a bigger booth this year – got a lot of stuff made up! C’mon let’s go down to the cellar and keep going.

Alice (Penny and Paul’s normal daughter)

Oh I wish I lived in a family that didn’t always forget everything. That – that behaved the way other people’s families do. I’m sick of corn flakes and – Donald – and everything! Why can’t we behave like other people? Roast beef and two green vegetables and – doilies on the table – a place you could bring your friends to  – without – without—(she cries) 

Tony Kirby (in love with Alice)

No, no. I want to talk about it now. I think Mr. Vanderhof is right – dead right. I’m never going back to that office! I’ve always hated it, and I’m not going on with it. And I’ll tell you something else – I didn’t make a mistake last night. I knew it was the wrong night. I brought you here on purpose. I wanted to wake you up. I wanted you to see a real family as they really are. A family that loves and understands each other. You don’t understand me. You’ve never had time. Well, I’m not going to make that mistake. I’m clearing out. I won’t be pushed into the business just because I’m your son.

Mr. Kirby (Tony’s dad, very wealthy, very closed-minded)

What do you expect me to do? Live the way you do? Do nothing? Suppose we all did it? A fine world we’d live in, everyone going to zoos and practicing darts! Don’t be ridiculous! It’s a very dangerous philosophy Mr. Vanderhof!. It’s – it’s un-American! And it’s exactly why I’m opposed to this marriage. I don’t want Tony to come under its influence. Why, why it’s downright communism! That’s what it is! The whole thing is absurd!

Mr. DePinna (still working on this one. He needs to have an Italian accent)

Mrs. Sycamore! Look what I found! It’s that painting you did of me as a discus thrower. Too bad you never finished it Mrs. Sycamore. My goodness, who would have thought that the day I came to deliver the ice, that I was going to stay here 8 years! The milkman stayed for five…why did he leave? Oh yes! He died. He was such a nice man. 

Mr. Kholenkhov (could also be Madame Kholenkhov – needs a Russian Accent) 

Hello! The door was open. You will excuse my coming today. I realize you are  – upset. I – ah- I wonder if I know you well enough to ask of you a great favor.You have heard me talk about my friend, the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina? Her cousin was the Czar of Russia. Today she is a waitress in Child’s restaurant in Times Square. The Grand Duchess has not had a good  meal since the Revolution – and today is her day off – Thursday – but it is also the anniversary of Peter the Great. A remarkable man! Oh – I could take the whole Soviet government and ….(he growls a huge angry growl – pounds his chest etc….) excuse me.

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