October 20, 2018

Over the River and Through the Woods – Open Auditions for Somers Village Players

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Over the River and Through the Woods

by Joe DiPietro

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. 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, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…we won’t give the ending away here.

Performance dates: March 29, 30, April 5, 7, 12, 13, 2019

Directed by Daniel M. Cohn

Open Audition Notice:


  • November 9 … check in starts 6:30 PM, auditions start at 7:00 PM
  • November 10 … check in starts 2:00 PM, auditions start at 2:30 PM


  • Millpond Playhouse, 55 School Street, Somersville CT

The cast will include 3 men and 3 women. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Prepared readings may also be presented if desired. A theatre resume and/or headshot is encouraged but not required.

Character descriptions are below. The ages listed are the stated ages of the characters, not necessarily the required age of the actors.

Scripts are available to read. Copies may be signed out at the Millpond Playhouse, or there is a copy available to read at the Somers Public Library. All script copies must be returned to the Millpond Playhouse by auditions.


Nick Cristiano – In his thirties
Frank Gianelli – Nick’s maternal grandfather, eighty years old
Aida Gianelli – Nick’s maternal grandmother, in her seventies
Nunzio Cristiano – Nick’s paternal grandfather, in his seventies
Emma Cristiano – Nick’s paternal grandmother, in her seventies
Caitlin O’Hare – Atractive and charming, in her late twenties

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