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Shoestring Players At USC Upstate Hold Auditions For “You Can’t Take It With You”

08- 07- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold open auditions for the production of You Can’t Take It With You on Monday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. The cast calls for nine men and seven women. Performance dates are October 1–3 at 8:00 p.m. and October 4 at 3:00 p.m. This show is replacing the originally scheduled production of The Full Monty.

You Can't Take It with You is a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores find it hard to realize Alice's view. Tony knows the Sycamores live the right way with love and care for each other, while his own family is the one that's crazy. In the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores particularly since he happens in during a visit by the ex-Grand Duchess of Russia, Olga Katrina, who is currently earning her living as a waitress.

For additional information, contact Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5621 or