The scene is the Vanderhoff family home in New York City, mid-1940s. Owned by Grandpa, this is also the home of his daughter Penelope Sycamore, her husband Paul Sycamore, the couple’s two daughters, Essie and Alice, Essie’s husband Ed, and family friend Mr. De Pinna. The family’s maid Rheba, Rheba’s boyfriend Donald, and Essie’s ballet teacher Boris Kolenkhov are also fixtures of the household.
Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, a comical maid, and in home ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhoff/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirby’s arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family & all of its crazy characters. 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 whatever makes you happy. 18 men & women of all ages will bring these two families to life, create laughter, & make audiences fall in love with all of them!

Here is the cast list:
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff – Alan Myers
Penelope Sycamore – Stephanie Wagner
Paul Sycamore– Bryan Bertoline
Alice Sycamore– Jenea Keaton
Essie Carmichael – Madison Laabs
Ed Carmichael – Jeffrey Gainey
Tony Kirby– Blair Brown
Anthony Kirby – Keith Martin
Miriam Kirby – Diana Blair
Boris Kolenkhov – Dan Brown
DePinna – Preston Inglehearn
Rheba – Stacey Rose
Donald – Kevin Martin
Olga Katrina – Anne Loy
Wilma Henderson – Christy Sullivan
Gay Wellington – Vanessa Bertoline
The Man – Kevin Cadwallader
Mac – Duane Flahertyimage


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This show will be held at the Peru High School Auditorium February 12,13 & 14th! Stay tuned to details on when and where tickets will be available.

John Hancock: Mark Olson Dr. Josiah Bartlett:

Ben Hibbs John Adams: Ron Harper

Stephen Hopkins: Jim Aikman

Roger Sherman: John Kirk

Lewis Morris: Stu Sullivan

Robert Livingston: Tim Conner

Rev. John Witherspoon: Dave Kirk

Benjamin Franklin: Kurt Krauskopf

John Dickinson: Troy Miller

James Wilson: Patrick Meador

Caesar Rodney: Doug Working

Col. Thomas McKean: Phil Walker

George Read: Josh Main

Samuel Chase: Randy Baldwin

Richard Henry Lee: Jeff Carnagua

Thomas Jefferson: Kurt Schindler

Joseph Hewes: Chandler Richardson

Edward Rutledge: Kyle Johnson

Dr. Lyman Hall: Gary Working

Charles Thomson: Jim Walker

Andrew McNair: Bob Bryan

Abigail Adams: Donna Bevington

Martha Jefferson: Angel Williams

A Courier: Nathan Wilson



Cole Porter Review

Since 2005, Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre has presented an original revue as part of the Cole Porter Festival commemorating the birth of Cole Porter in Peru, Indiana.  As of the tenth production, “Kountry Fried Cole” in 2014, over one hundred local volunteers have performed over 120 different songs composed by Porter in productions placing them in modern motifs and popular genres, including a morning news program, soap opera, murder mystery, science fiction adventure, and fairy tale.     The revues also feature lesser-known pieces by Porter, with “Night and Day” being the only song performed in all productions.  Being an annual revue gives the creators more freedom to dig more deeply into the Cole catalogue, and with the assistance of the Cole Porter Family Trust, they have been able to include songs from all periods of Porter’s prolific career.  As of the tenth production, “Coffee” and “Stereophonic Sound” had been performed as often as “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You” appeared in as many productions as “Plumbing” and “Pets”.         By combining his extensive library with a different genre each year, the revues have proven to be a very fitting celebration of the inimitable talent of Cole Porter.  Regardless of the genre portrayed, his music always fits effortless, with usually no re-writing, as if the material was written specifically for each production.  Regular attendees also admire how a song like “In the Still of the Night” could be the threatening lament of a ninja-dressed murder suspect one year and then a countrified joke regarding third-shift moon shining in another.     As we hear often during the Cole Porter Festival, “What other composer could you do this for?”

2005:  Timeless Cole Co-Written by Kurt Schindler & Kelly Voss; Co-Directed by Kelly Voss & Kurt Schindler

2006:  A Cole Reception Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2007:  A Cup O’ ColeWritten and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2008:  Night & Day: A Soapy Cole Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2009:  Radio Cole Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2010:  Timeless Cole 2.0 – Now With Recycling! Previous material from Timeless Cole, Co-Written by Kurt Schindler & Kelly Voss New Material Written by Kurt Schindler Directed by Kurt Schindler

2011:  Cole Blooded Murder Written by Patricia Piper; Co-Directed by Patricia Piper and Tammy Hileman

2012:  Once Upon a Cole Story by Nancy Bender; Script by Nancy Bender and Kurt Schindler; Co-Directed by Nancy Bender & Kurt Schindler

2013:  Cole In Space Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2014:  Kountry Fried Cole Story by Sunny Holtzlander; Script by Sunny Holtzlander & Kurt Schindler;    Directed by  Sunny Holtzlander

2015: Prehistoric Cole Co-Written by Alan Myers & Kurt Schindler;  Co-Directed by Alan Myers & Kurt Schindler