Theatre at the Center announces cast for 'Over the Tavern'

The Theatre at the Center in Munster is preparing for its summer production of  "Over the Tavern," a hilarious look at family life in the 1950s.  

  Cast members rehearse
  "Over the Tavern," playing at
  Theatre at the Center in
  Munster in July.
 (Provided photo by Guy Rhodes)

In Tom Dudzick’s semi-autobiographical play, audiences meet Rudy Pazinski, a precocious 12-year old student who feels God put us on earth to have fun. He matches wits with ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa when he shares his plans to shop around for a more fun religion.  

The entire Pazinski family, living in a tiny apartment above the neighborhood bar they run, faces both the real and comical struggles of life in 1959, including Rudy’s questioning the rules of the Roman Catholic Church just as he is about to receive the church sacrament of confirmation. 

Previews of the show begin July 11 with opening night on July 14. The show runs through Aug. 11. Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

Janet Ulrich Brooks will play Sister Clarissa. She returns to TATC after receiving a Jeff nomination for her performance as Ann Landers in the TATC production of "The Lady with All the Answers." 

Logan Baffico as Rudy is making his TATC debut, but has appeared elsewhere in "Joseph and the Mazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "The Polar Express."

This will be the 14th TATC production for Cory Goodrich, who stars as Ellen. She is a five-time Jeff nominee including a Jeff Award for her role of June Carter in "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash." 

Isabelle Roberts makes her TATC debut as Annie. She has appeared elsewhere in "The Sound of Music" and "Sunday in the Park with George." This will be the TATC debut for Eric Slater starring as Chet. He has worked in Chicago at The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater Company and Court Theatre.

Julian Solis as Georgie returns to the TATC stage after making his TATC debut in "A Wonderful Life." He also appeared as Rudy Pazinski for the TATC season preview last August. 

Seth Steinberg plays Eddie. He recently appeared as Nathan Lukowski in the "The Full Monty" at Theater Wit in Chicago.  

Ericka Mac is making her TATC directorial debut. She has served as assistant director of company at Writers Theatre.  She also served as associate director for the U.S. premiere of "Ride the Cyclone" at MCC Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare.

The creative team for "Over the Tavern" includes scenic designer Angie Weber-Miller, lighting designer Shelley Strasser-Holland, sound designer Michael Patrick, costume designer Brenda Winstead, wig designer Kevin Barthel and properties designer Emily Hartig.

The stage manager is Jessica Banaszak. Artistic director Linda Fortunato is teamed with TATC General Manager Richard Friedman and Ann Davis, TATC dead of production.

Founded in 1991, the 410-seat TATC is a year-round professional theater at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, Indiana. 

Individual ticket prices range from $42 to $46.   To purchase individual tickets, call the box office at 219-836-3255 or at 800-511-1532. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more. Student tickets are $20. Gift certificates are available.   

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