'Over the River and Through the Woods' makes its Cartersville debut Oct. 26
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 18, 2012 | 1224 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In “Over the River and Through the Woods,” John C. Walker will portray Nick Cristano, an Italian-American faced with having to choose between family obligations and making his own mark on the world. Presented by The Pumphouse Players, Joe DiPietro’s production will open Oct. 26 at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St., Cartersville.

“I guess it was his relationship to his grandparents that drew me to [the play],” Walker said. “I never really had a relationship like that with my grandparents. And the story of it [also] just drew me in.

“[In the play], his sister and his parents moved away from the family and he stayed back with the grandparents. So he kind of felt he lived the life that they wanted him to live and he wasn’t really his own man. Well, [then] this opportunity came to move away. He got offered a promotion but he’d have to move across the country for it. So he was dealing with that dynamic of should I stay for my family or should I go for myself and finally then be my own person.”

Directed by Tony Bowers, “Over the River and Through the Woods” will be presented Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Along with Walker, the comedy’s cast will consist of Ginny Slifcak as Emma Cristano, Richard Goodman as Nunzio Cristano, Suzanne Husting as Aida Gianelli, Al Calsetta as Frank Gianelli and Jen Garrett as Caitlin O’Hare.

“I actually read this play several years ago and I just fell in love with it,” Bowers said. “It’s just such a wonderful script. To be perfectly honest, I never had any plans of it being my directorial debut but as we moved along and got into the process of doing it, I saw a lot of what the character was going through and what I was going through and it gave me a chance to break into new territory. I get to make my directorial debut on just a wonderful show and also one that’s never been done before here in Cartersville.

“... [The play also] touches on a great number of themes that everybody goes through in life. We all have that moment in life where we have to deal with a parent or a grandparent that’s aging. And you always have to wonder, ‘At what point do I put myself first? ... They’ve taken care [of me] their entire life [and] I want to take care of them but I have a life to live.’ And I really feel that will [relate to] a great deal of our audience because everybody sooner or later goes through that in their life.”

Tickets for “Over the River and Through the Woods” are $14 for general admission, $12 for flex passes or pre-paid groups of 10 or more people, and $10 for Pumphouse Players members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.