Peninsula Players Open “Over the Tavern”

Zachary Keller and director Kristine Thatcher rehearse for “Over the Tavern.”

Peninsula Players Theatre presents Tom Dudzick’s comedy Over the Tavern from July 7 through July 25. Over the Tavern is a rollicking comedy filled with warm humor, nostalgia, and coming-of-age mischief. Directed by Kristine Thatcher, the play is set in 1959 and centers on the Pazinkski family, who live above a tavern in Buffalo, New York.

Returning to the Players stage are Neil Friedman and Karen Janes Woditsch as the parents coping with four teenagers and Peggy Roeder as Sister Clarissa.

Making their Players debut are the actors playing the four teenagers. Zachary Keller plays the 12-year-old wisenheimer Rudy. Andrew Keltz plays the eldest brother Eddie. Jessie Mueller plays Annie, the only sister in the family. Isaiah Spetz, a student in Door County, plays Georgie, the middle brother.

The design team for Over the Tavern includes scenic designer Tom Burch, costume designer Samantha Jones, and prop designer Sarah Ross. Stephen Roy White controls the lights while Cecil Averett controls the sound for the performances.

Over the Tavern will be on stage July 7 through July 25. Curtain times are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm, except the closing performance July 25 at 4 pm. Group and individual tickets are available. Individual ticket prices range from $29 to $36; there are no performances on Mondays.

The Saturday, July 24 performance is the 75th Timeless Theatrical Treasure celebration of Peninsula Players birthday with a picnic dinner served on the theater grounds before the show. Tickets for July 24 are $51, $48, and $44. For more information or to reserve tickets call 920.868.3287 or visit