VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach Theatre Guild opened its 63rd season on Jan. 13 with the comedy “Over the Tavern” by Tom Dudzick, directed by Alex Martinez. This sweet and sassy look at growing up Catholic during the Eisenhower years will run Tues.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. through Jan. 24.
Raising four teenagers over a tavern in Buffalo, New York in the 1950s is a challenge for the Pazinski family’s parents.
The youngest of the family, Rudy, played by Cavanaugh Corrie, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When he goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa, played by Anne Talbot, and announces that instead of being confirmed, he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose.
The production staff includes Artistic Director Jon Putzke, Design Director Jeffery Hall, and Stage Manager Nikki Przedwiecki.
Since the pandemic shut the theater down in March, the guild’s production crews, staff and volunteers have renovated the 63-year-old community theatre’s home into a safe environment by limiting seating capacity to less than 50% of capacity. They have completely removed all excess seats, leaving six full feet of distance between the row in front of patrons and the row behind them. They have doubled the size of the lobby, allowing audiences to social distance between the doors, the box office windows and the restrooms and auditorium.
Sanitizing stations are available throughout the building, as well as industrial MERV 13 filtrations. The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased.
Other shows in the season lineup include the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” in February, the laugh-filled whodunit “A Shot in the Dark” in March, Broadway’s divine musical “Sister Act” in April, and the Hollywood laugh riot “Moonlight and Magnolias” in May.
Tickets are now on sale for all performances, with the comedies $30 and “Sister Act”, the musical $35. Student tickets are available for $15. Moneysaving 4, 5 and 6-admission flex passes allow patrons to save as much as $60 without committing to a restrictive season ticket schedule.
The box office is open Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and one hour before show time on performance days. Tickets are also available by calling (772) 562-8300, and online at verobeachtheatreguild.com.
The Vero Beach Theatre Guild is located at 2020 San Juan Ave., Vero Beach.