OVER THE TAVERN by Tom Dudzik
Directed by Richard Zenk
Produced by Barbara Alenduff
Rehearsals begin in late March and will be scheduled weekday evenings and weekend afternoons at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church. Performances will be held at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230, from May 3 to 11, 2019.
- Saturday, January 12 from 1-3P
- Sunday, January 13 from 1-3P
Call backs will be Saturday, January 19 from 1-3P or Sunday, January 20 from 1-3P.
AUDITION AND CALLBACK LOCATION:
Cherry Grove United Methodist Church, 1428 Eight Mile Road, Cincinnati 45255
In the 1950s the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
The director is looking actors that look and can act the characters’ ages.
RUDY PAZINSKI: 12 years old. He is a bright, curious young man with an active imagination. He seems to ask all the wrong questions causing everyone loads of trouble. His questions and remarks always come from his innocence, honesty and sometimes, frustration.
GEORGIE PAZINSKI: 13 years old. Though cognitively disabled, he possesses a jubilant spirit and an enthusiasm for each of his family members. Everyone should be careful what they say around him because he’s a little sponge who soaks up everything and sometimes repeats it.
EDDIE PAZINSKI: 15 years old. Typical swaggering teenage boy. Loves his family but wouldn’t be caught dead admitting it. Hides his sweet nature under a tough guy demeanor. He is fixated on girls, girlie magazines and any impure thoughts that inevitably come with both.
ANNIE PAZINSKI: 16 years old. She may be the oldest child but has no more figured out than her siblings. She’s somewhat shy and insecure and just wants a boy to like her. Though she doesn’t always say much it’s obvious there seems to be a lot stirring beneath her shy exterior.
CHET PAZINSKI: The Dad. 40-50 years old. He has a hard time making ends meet and supporting his family. This sometimes makes him very frustrated, putting him at a distance from the family he loves.
ELLEN PAZINSKI: The Mom. 35-45 years old. With great humor, energy, patience and love, she holds her family together. Though at times tired and weary, she can still summon the zest to dance a late night polka in the kitchen with her husband. And she’s feisty enough to snap a nun’s ruler in two when her kid is being threatened.
SISTER CLARISSA: 50–60-ish. Like any good nun of the era she has a steady (and strong!) hand for disciplining young soldiers for Christ. Reveals her true love for children in the play’s critical moment.