Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Summit Playhouse: Audition Notice - Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods by Jo DiPietro

Directed by Julia Frieri

Production dates: April 27 – May 12, 2012

Audition Dates:
Sunday, January 22 at 7 pm
Monday, January 23 at 7 pm
Callbacks on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm

Sides will be provided.

All auditions are at The Playhouse, 10 New England Ave, Summit, NJ (directions:

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from NJ. His parents retired to Florida. He sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner. The dream job he's been waiting for -- marketing executive -- would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle for a job? In this delightful and touching comedy they do their level best to make him change his mind.

Character Breakdown:
Nick Cristano
Late 20s-Early 30s. High-strung, excitable, loyal grandson. Trying to find a way to honor the past while growing up and moving toward his future.
Frank Gianelli
Can look 60s plus. Maternal grandfather and husband of Aida. Patriarch, family is the center of his world. Worked hard to provide a better life for his descendants and he does not want to slow down. Straight shooter.
Aida Gianelli
Can look 60s plus. Maternal grandmother and wife of Frank. Shows her love through her cooking. Caregiver. Well-meaning but overbearing.
Nunzio Cristano
Can look 60s plus. Paternal grandfather and husband of Emma.  Wisecracking and loud but full of heart. Great storyteller, charismatic, strong.
Emma Cristano
Can look 60s plus. Paternal grandmother and wife of Nunzio. Loud and strong woman. Tells it like it is. Schemes to keep Nick around. Loves her husband.
Caitlin O’Hare
Mid to Late 20s. Irish, envies that all of Nick’s grandparents are around. Charming, opinionated. Wants to find love.

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Playhouse? Want to work backstage? Help with costumes and make-up? We are always looking for assistance in our productions. Contact Sally Ponzio at 908-273-2192 or send mail to

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