You Can’t Take It With You

In the spring of 2012, the Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS)  presented You Can’t Take It With You, a classic 1937 farce by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.  It tells the story of the Sycamores, a family of upbeat eccentrics determined to march to the beat of their own drum even as the uptight “real” world comes knocking on their door.  Often credited as the inspiration for the modern situation comedy, this thoroughly American exploration of eccentricity and utopian living has influenced everything from The Munsters to The Simpsons.

TCS engaged Christian O’Neill to direct the production.  He previously directed our 2003 production of Lend Me A Tenor.  Kaufman and Hart wrote another classic comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner, which was another previous TCS production.

Performances were Fridays and Saturdays 20, 21, 27, 28 April at 7:30 PM, with matinees on Sundays 22, 29 April 2012 at 2:00 PM.  Tickets for this show were only $10 for all patrons, the lowest price around at this time. 

The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances was  the East Saugus United Methodist Church, 85 Chestnut Street at the corner of Winter Street.  The show was presented in a thrust format, with the audience on three sides.

 The cast of the show:
  • Grandpa Martin Vanderhof … Frank S. Hildebrand
  • Paul Sycamore … Stephen Russo
  • Penny Vanderhof Sycamore … Susan Roberts
  • Ed Carmichael … Josh Black
  • Essie Carmichael … Meghann Breton
  • Alice Sycamore … Michelle Wells
  • Tony Kirby … Matt Dickerson
  • Mr. Kirby … David Roberts
  • Mrs. Kirby … Barbara Hunt
  • Mr. De Pinna … Larry Segel
  • Bella Kolenkhova … Lisa Pizzano
  • Rheba … Minelva LaPlante
  • Donald …  Francisco Berrios
  • Henderson … Tom Muxie
  • FBI G-Men … Richard Vogel, Sherri Raftery, Kevin Greene
  • Gay Wellington … Lisa Scopa
  • Grand Duchess Olga Katrina … Barbara Hunt

Due to an unfortunate injury to Jean Amorosi, Barbara Hunt took over the role of Mrs. Kirby.  Jean is mending well, and we wish her all the best.