AUDITIONS

Over the River and Through the Woods

In light of recent events, we have made some changes to our audition process. Please read carefully:

This production takes place in 2015. It is a story of family, faith and food. It is a “love letter” from grandparents to grandchildren within a strong and bonded intergenerational Italian family. This is a story of a long Sunday dinner. “Your grandmother made for us a beautiful meal. Mangiamo!”  It is the story of a grandson (Nick) whose company is moving him to Seattle to take a promotion and the conflict it causes with his grandparents. “Stay, please don’t leave us! Go, you have my blessing! Everybody goes!”

Auditions for Over the River and Through the Woods will be held, BY VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY. Specific details about video submission are below.

Over the River and Through the Woods will be directed by Rodger Sorensen. 

Callbacks will be by invitation only. Details will be included if invited to callbacks. This page will be updated when callback invitations have been sent.

Please prepare a 1-2 minute humorous monologue from a contemporary comedy. Under the circumstances, you may also select a monologue from the play itself.

YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it the most simple for everyone to access.


Please send your video along with a headshot, resume, and your audition form to hctoovertheriver@gmail.com no later than June 8th to be considered for callbacks. You may download the audition form below.

You may download the audition form here.

Character Descriptions

Nick Cristano (Male Lead; Age 30)

• Nick is a young, carefree bachelor in New Jersey who spends nearly every Sunday afternoon visiting and dining with both of his two sets of grandparents, who are ethnic Italians. • Slight New Jersey accent • Professional marketing executive • Characteristics: ambitions, driven, anxious, panicked, lost, passionate, generous, emotional, loving, exasperated, frustrated, determined, capable.

Frank Gianelli (Male Supporting Role; Elderly (84 years old))

• Nick’s maternal grandfather • New Jersey or slight Italian accent • Charateristics: Italian, immigrant, father, grandfather, husband, strong, loyal, loving, hard-working, stubborn, intelligent, traditional, musical (plays an instrument, hopefully the mandolin, maybe the harmonica)

Aida Gianelli (Female Supporting Role; Elderly (76 years old))

• Nick’s maternal grandmother • New Jersey accent • Characteristics: wife, mother, grandmother, Italian-American, cook, homemaker, housewife, strong, loving, kind, loyal, gentle, caring, concerned.

Nunzio Cristano (Male Supporting Role; Elderly (78 years old))

• Nick’s paternal grandfather • New Jersey or slight Italian accent • Son of Italian immigrants • Characteristics: father, grandfather, Italian-American, loud, enthusiastic, humorous, mischievous, storyteller, loving, sick (dying of cancer), loyal

Emma Cristano (Female Supporting Role; Elderly (78 years old))

• Nick’s paternal grandmother • New Jersey accent • Characteristics: mother, grandmother, Italian-American, housewife, homemaker, loud, boisterous, clever, loving, strong, enthusiastic, energetic, matchmaker.

Caitlin O’Hare (Female Supporting Role; Young (28 years old))

• Nurse • New Jersey accent • Characteristics: friendly, confident, personable, attractive, charming, gracious, hopeful, down-to-earth, firm, vegetarian, strong, deeply committed to family

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