Thank you to everyone who came and saw the recent performances of “Over the River and Through the Woods.” We sold out several shows and had wonderful audiences every night. Congratulations to director Jim Watson, assistant director Jeremy Slagle, and our amazing cast: Beau Bowden, Don Aumen, Jeff Baker, Anna Heckert, Phyllis Reinsfelder and Ann Watson.
We would like to offer a special thanks to two local businesses which helped us greatly in putting on the show. Wolf’s Furniture donated the use of several set pieces, and Rose’s Pizza and restaurant sponsored our wonderful (and tasty) Opening Night Reception. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of businesses like these.
Our next show won’t hit the stage until April, but we will still be very busy:
- In April, we will present another show from playwrights Michael and Susan Parker, the team which penned last season’s smash comedy hit “Sex Please, We’re Sixty.” Director Erin DiNello will hold auditions for “Sin, Sex and the C.I.A.” at 7 p.m. on January 26 and 27. The show features three male and four female characters. Show dates are April 3-6 and 10-12. Come audition for a spot in this laugh-out-loud farce.
- On Saturday, Dec. 14, HLT will have a table set up at Santa Bowl II, a fundraiser football game featuring the Hanover Rhinos held at Hanover Middle School. The event will benefit the Toys for Tots campaign, but will include local businesses offering Christmas gift ideas. Come get tickets and HLT memberships as a stocking stuffer for that someone special while supporting Hanover’s semi-pro football team.
- Plan your Valentine’s Day dinner now – HLT will present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Hanover Elks on Saturday, Feb. 8. More details will be available soon, but you can count on lots of fun, good food and murder most foul.
Directed by Jim Watson with assistance from Jeremy Slagle, the show ran Nov. 14-17 and 21-23, 2013.
Nick Cristano: Beau Bowden
Frank Gianelli: Don Aumen
Aida Gianelli: Phyllis Reinsfelder
Nunzio Cristano: Jeff Baker
Emma Cristano: Ann Watson
Caitlin O’Hare: Anna Heckert
Dealing with family can get pretty complicated. That’s the lesson in “Over the River and Through the Woods,” the touching and heartfelt comedy-drama that runs from Nov. 14-17 and 21-23 at the Hanover Little Theatre (HLT).
The show will be performed in memory of Ron Schloyer, who died on Oct. 13. A well-known member of the visual and performing arts scene locally, Schloyer directed many shows at HLT, including “Over the River and Through the Woods” in 2002. He also served on the theatre’s board of directors.
Performances are 8 p.m. on Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 with a $1 discount for students and seniors. Hanover Little Theatre offers group discounts for office parties, civic groups or just a group of friends looking for a night at the theatre. Groups from 10-19 receive a 10 percent discount, while groups of 20 or more qualify for a 20 percent discount.
In the show, directed by Jim Watson and written by Joe DiPietro, Nick can’t escape his Italian-American family even after his parents move to Florida. A single guy living in New Jersey, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. When he snags his dream job in Seattle, he dreads telling his grandparents. It turns out that Nick had good reason to worry.
After Nick shares the news, the grandparents begin a series of schemes to keep him around. Their plans eventually result in a dinner invitation to the lovely – and single – Caitlin O’Hare, who they hope will change his mind.
Beau Bowden makes his HLT debut as Nick surrounded by faces familiar to HLT audiences. The grandparents are played by Don Aumen and Phyllis Reinsfelder as Frank and Aida with Mike Baker and Ann Watson as Nunzio and Emma. Anna Heckert will take the stage as Caitlin.
After the Opening Night performance on Nov. 14, the theatre will host a free reception at the playhouse sponsored by Rose’s Pizza and Restaurant in McSherrystown. The audience can mingle with the cast and crew after the performance and enjoy Italian snacks.
Director Jim Watson has announced the cast for the upcoming production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”
In this dram-edy, a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey sees his grandparents every Sunday until he lands his dream job that will take him to Seattle. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep their grandchild on the East Coast, including some not-so-subtle matchmaking.
Beau Bowden will make his HLT debut as Nick Cristano. Don Aumen and Phyllis Reinsfelder will play Frank and Aida Gianelli. Don returns to the HLT stage for the first time since 2010′s “Mack and Mabel.” Phyllis returns after last year’s “Sex, Please, We’re Sixty.” HLT veteran Jeff Baker will play Nunzio Cristano alongside Ann Watson, last seen in 2012′s “Nunsense,” as Emma Cristano. Anna Heckert will play Caitlin O’Hare. She portrayed Lucy in July’s production of “Snoopy! The Musical.”