Live life to the fullest.

Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family, and their friends, are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company's vice president, Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws.

Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice's family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn't until Grandpa's wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all.

"You Can't Take It With You" is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing what makes you happy.

Performance Dates

Theatre performances are held in the Matthews Performing Arts Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Directors and Cast

  • Producer—Caroline Cahoon ('03)
  • Director—Buddy Haskill ('05)
  • Assistant Director—Ian Reul
  • Stage Manager—Rachel Turner
  • Assistant Stage Manager—Brittany Darling
  • Properties—Kristen Roberts, Holly Newcomer
  • Penelope Sycamore—Trisha Bond
  • Essie—Anna Swanson
  • Rheba—Alex Fraser*
  • Paul Sycamore—Ian Grell
  • Mr. De Pinna—Vincent Giannecchini
  • Ed—Ryan Reiffer
  • Donald—Seth Van Ast
  • Martin Vanderhof—Peter Huschilt*
  • Alice—Audrey Wierenga ('17)
  • Tony Kirby—Joel Ross
  • Boris Kolenkhov—Mark Stoll
  • Gay Wellington—Abigail Barker*
  • Mr. Kirby—Ian Reul*
  • Mrs. Kirby—Caitlin Moody
  • Mac—Emily Stump*
  • Olga—Anna Lavery

*Indicates debut with CU Theatre

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