“Tengo famiglia!” — an Italian expression that means “hold the family together” — weaves its way throughout
“Over the River and Through the Woods.” This hit off-Broadway comedy written by Joe DiPietro is the latest Riverbend Players production, a hilarious comedy that is even funnier than his long-running musical revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The story: Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida, but that doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner, which is a routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. This job he’s been waiting for – marketing executive – would take him away from his beloved, but annoying grandparents. The news doesn’t sit so well when Nick tells his grandparents the news. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.
The Riverbend Players production is directed by Jeff Slamal. Jeff has been in several productions including “Take a Number Darling” and “The Foreigner”. Rosa Erlebach, assistant director, has also appeared in a number of Riverbend Players plays. The cast of characters include the following: Nick Cristano, the grandson who is about to break family tradition, is played by Peter McClure; Catlin O’Hare, a nice Irish girl, played by Annie Naranjo-Rivera; Frank Gainelli (maternal grandfather) played by Michael Dinan and Aida Gainelli (maternal grandmother) played by Sedona Torres; Nunzio Cristano (paternal grandfather) played by Mike Scott and Emma Cristano (paternal grandmother) played by Janet Robinson.
The “Over the River and Through the Woods” production crew includes the following: producer, lights and sound – Brian McMahon; stage manager – Dick Huneke; prop manager – Linda Wiebenson; costume manager – Marlene Westfield; stage prompters – Candace Nelson and Judy Holmes; set construction – Tom Cocklin; house manager – Betsy McMahon; and curtain puller Tom Mock.
The Riverbend Players is pleased to present this two-act comedy at 7 p.m. on October 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and at 2 p.m. on October 18 and November 1 at the NCRD Theatre, 36155 9th Street in Nehalem OR. Tickets are $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the NCRD office or at the door.