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You Can't Take It With You

Pulitzer Prize Winning Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Thursday-Friday-Saturday, October 1-2-3 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m.

General Admission Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Temple High School Auditorium


Penelope SycamoreEmma Tolleson. 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 CarmichaelMarina Quintanilla. Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is childish. 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.

RhebaLatrice Scott. The 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 SycamoreDaniel Eshbaugh. 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 PinnaDylan Prather. 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 CarmichaelNick Winkler. 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 good to him. He prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie's candy. He also likes to make masks.

DonaldJ'Kobe Stevens. The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores.

Martin VanderhofAndy Tye. 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. 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.

Alice SycamoreTaylor Wilson. Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She is the only "normal" family member. 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. HendersonChris Apgar. 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 KirbyTimothy Jarrett. 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 KolenkhovDe'Andre Wright. 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 likes the Greeks and the Romans, questions society, and is interested in world affairs.

Gay WellingtonCallie Ortega. 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 P. KirbyChase Yerkes. 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 KirbyAdara Felix. 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 Tashawn Chunn, G-Man 2 (Jim) Malcolm Watson, G-Man 3 (Mac) Connally Walker — Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist quotes he prints up and places in Essie's candy boxes, such as "God is the State – the State is God".

The Grand Duchess Olga KatrinaGrace Mellette. 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 man. She loves to cook as a hobby.



Director = Natasha Tolleson
Assistant Director = Brad Billeaudeaux
Technical Director = Bradlee LaMotte

Stage Manager = Chase Yerkes
Assistant Stage Manager = Alexis DeGraaff

Scenic Designer = Zachary Elliott
Set Formen = Isabel Suarez & Gabe Fontanez   
Paint Charge = Emma Poehlmann
Set Crew = Luis Llanas, Tyler Fishbourne, Gabriel Salazar, Christina Mohrmann, Gissele Flores, Breaunna Curtis-McGuire, Arreyon Blocker, Alvin Atkinson, Chris Apgar, Tashawn Chunn, Connally Walker, Hannah McCall, Chantal Cyrus

Prop Masters = Robert Solar & Adara Felix
Props Crew = Rafn Korsmo, Elizabeth Curtis, Jinju Schmitz, Priscilla Davila, Shakira Acevedo, Ebony Scott, Chloe Brown, Grace Mellette, Christina Foreman

Costume Designer/Costume Mistress = Abryanna Ingram
Costume Crew = Faith Whitaker, Carly Moore, Jocelyn Soto, Kaiya Fowler, Cassandra Gorman, Oliver Marshall, Grace Gomez, Brianna Alexander, Belen Flores, Marisa Quinois

Hair & Make-Up Crew Chief = Bailee Poelker
Hair & Make-up Crew = Dajzha Young, Callie Ortega, Anaiya Harris

Light Crew = Sierra Amalbert, Rafael Juarez, Seth Little, Christopher Brown

Sound Designer = Derresha Webb
Sound Crew = Shelby Padula, Keziah Fields, Trish Hayward, Shanarya Moton

Marketing Designer = Jonathan Nabours
Publicity Crew = Lindsey Cotton, Malcolm Watson


Mon 9/7 = Off for Labor Day
Tues 9/8 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Wed 9/9 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Thurs 9/10 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Fri 9/11 = Off
Sat 9/12 = 9:00-2:00 Work Day, 1:00-5:00 Light Call

Mon 9/14 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal, Props In
Tues 9/15 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Wed 9/16 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Thurs 9/17 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Fri 9/18 = 4:15-6:30 Rehearsal
Sat 9/19 = 9:00-2:00 Work Day, 2:00-3:30 Paper Tech

Mon 9/21 = 4:15-7:15 Rehearsal, Costumes In
Tues 9/22 = 4:15-7:15 Rehearsal
Wed 9/23 = 4:15-7:15 Rehearsal
Thurs 9/24 = 4:15-7:15 Rehearsal
Fri 9/25 = Off
Sat 9/26 = 9:00-9:00 Tech, Hair & Make-Up

Sun 9/27 = 2:00-9:00 Tech
Mon 9/28 = 4:15-10:00 Dress Rehearsal
Tues 9/29 = 4:15-10:00 Dress Rehearsal
Wed 9/30 = 7:00 AM Call for Middle-School Performance
Thurs 10/1 = 6:00 Call for 8:00 Performance
Fri 10/2 = 6:00 Call for 8:00 Performance
Sat 10/3 = 6:00 Call for 8:00 Performance

Sun 10/4 = 12 Noon Call for 2:00 Performance followed by Strike
You MUST attend strike unless excused by Mrs. Tolleson in advance 





Thespian Troupe #1966
Temple High School
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte

YouTube (thespiansrus)

29 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 29 years in a row (as of March 2021). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Named a Texas Thespian
Outstanding Troupe (1 of 6)

Named Texas Thespian
All-Star Troupe (1 of 23)

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

Performed Marathon Play
Wilderness for 500 people

UIL One-Act Play Mac Beth
District Champion. Contests
after district were cancelled

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
TETA Educator of the Year

Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
International Competition

Team Mask Making

Team Set Design

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 6)

5th Place
Baby with the Bathwater

Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

2017-2018 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
All 10 Events Advance to
International Competition
(More than any other troupe)

Texas Thespian Performance
of Wonder of the World

Texas Thespian All-Star
Troupe (1 of 10 in Texas)

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 3)

4th Place On the Verge
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2016-2017 Highlights

Texas UIL Hair & Make-Up
Design (Division 2)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

14 Students Advance to
International Competition

Texas Thespian Mainstage
3 Performances of Cabaret