It doesn’t happen often, the chance for kids to work alongside professional actors, but Penguin Rep is looking for young actors to do just that. Here’s the audition announcement for Tom Dudzick’s wonderful play, “Over the Tavern,” which will kick off the 33rd season at Penguin Rep in Stony Point.
“Andrew Horn, Executive Director and Joe Brancato, Artistic Director of Penguin Rep, Rockland County’s premier professional theatre announce open auditions for non union actors to play the children in the cast of its upcoming production of Nyack resident Tom Dudzick’s “Over the Tavern.”
Mr. Dudzick’s world premier production of “Our Lady of South Division Street” was a critical and popular hit for the local theatre last season.
Auditions for “Over the Tavern” will take place March 20, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the theatre which is located at 7 Crickettown Road, just off West Main Street in Stony Point (exit 15 of the Palisades Interstate Parkway).
The young actors will be working alongside professional Equity member actors and stage manager, professional designers and directors.
The production begins rehearsals on April 17 and opens May 14 for a five-week run. Rehearsals are demanding but of course will work around the students’ normal classroom hours.There is a stipend to offset travel expenses.
“Over the Tavern” is a warm, funny and telling comedy about a Catholic family in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1959. It has been performed regionally and as far as Ireland and will now have its Hudson Valley premier under the direction of Tom Caruso.
EDDIE: 15, the eldest child, rebellious teen who desperately wants to be a man, but still behaves like a boy. Passionate, frustrated, feels like a bit of an outsider in his family, kind with a big heart deep down.
ANNIE: 16, emotional, naive, sweet and loving girl. Desperately wants to be liked. Pretty and pure. Wants to please. Girls with a bit more weight are preferred.
RUDY: 12, the comic of the family, outgoing, full of questions, does impressions of Ed Sullivan, and other comedians. Charismatic and loving, very funny. His humor is his way of escaping his everyday life and also drawing attention to himself in a family of four children. Must be 12 going on 30, very good with comedy and diction.
GEORGIE: 13, mentally disabled, warm, loving, observes everything, temperamental and emotional. Has trouble communicating clearly with his family. Actors should see Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”
Those interested should contact the theater by calling 917-572 8362 or email Production Manager Zachary Spitzer at email@example.com for an appointment, instructions and a copy of the audition sides.”