“Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go.” Chances are you’ve sung this happy little song on a drive to your grandparents’ house during the holidays.
However, in Tin Roof Theatre’s production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Studio 6 Broadway, those words carry a somewhat different meaning.
Written by Joe DiPietro, “Over the River and Through the Woods” follows New Jersey based bachelor Nick, who spends every Sunday afternoon eating and chatting with his four loud but loving Italian grandparents.
When Nick announces that he’s been offered a job in Seattle, his shocked grandparents start playing matchmakers in an attempt to make him stay.
Director Troy Brewster says the comedy explores “all the joys and pains of growing old together” with underlying themes of faith, family and – of course – food.
“I hope the play generates happy memories (for the audience), not only from the show, but from reflecting upon connections to their own faith traditions, families, and favorite foods,” says Brewster, who is directing for Tin Roof Theatre for the first time. “(This play) is about life and love and things that give us comfort. I hope they connect with the characters’ struggles and joys, and feel happy to have spent some time with us.”
The cast of “Over the River and Through the Woods” is as follows:
Nick Cristano……….Scott Ecker
Caitlin O’Hare………Amanda Eide
Frank Gianelli………Malcolm Thompson
Aida Gianelli………..Ardith DuBord
Nunzio Cristano……Mark Seeba
Emma Cristano…….Rita Hagstrom
This is first production Tin Roof Theatre has hosted in Studio 6 Broadway, a new space for performances and educational programming operated by F-M Community Theatre at 6 Broadway in downtown Fargo. After opening night, Tin Roof Theatre will host a reception with biscotti and sparkling beverages for “a little taste of Italy from the kitchens of Grandma Aida and Grandma Emma,” says founding member Karla Pederson.
Performances of “Over the River and Through the Woods” are at 7:30 April 5-6 and 11-13 and at 2 p.m. April 7. Tickets are available through www.fmct.org. For more information on Tin Roof Theatre, visit www.tinrooftheatre.org.