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Over the River... comedy captures spirit of family

by: Jennifer Clampet, ALL IN THE FAMILY — Actors Nancy Wellman, left front, Lynn Wolf and Boyd Kelly run through a scene of “Over the River and Through the Woods” during a dress rehearsal Monday.

TUALATIN - Pictures of the Pope and John F. Kennedy hang from wires on the back wall of the Tualatin Heritage Center. Next to them is a coveted space for a third picture - one of Frank Sinatra.

'It's been fun searching for all the right props,' said Lumiere Players director Hal Long.

The acting troupe and crew have transformed the stage at the center into an Italian family's home for the fall production of Joe DiPietro's entertaining 'Over the River and Through the Woods.'

The dialogue-heavy play is pretty fast moving with comical remarks reigning supreme between grandparents and a grandson.

Long noted that during the troupes' six weeks of rehearsals, he often found children sitting on the floor watching the play mesmerized by the story line.

The clash of generations in the play makes for a comedy, but the message of heritage and family makes the play ample for performance at the center, says Long.

'Any young person that's ever had to leave home will understand, and any grandparent that's ever had family move away will also connect,' Long said.

This will be the Lumiere Players' third play to be performed at the Heritage Center. Performances will run Oct. 6, 7,13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

An Oct. 22 showing has already been sold out. A church group asked to buy out the house, Long explained. In response, the troupe added another Sunday matinee to the schedule.

Tickets cost $8 to $12 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 503-691-7879 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..