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On Golden Pond

Written by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Bonnie Whitmire
Produced by

February 9-11, 16-18 & 23-25, 2018
9 performances

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

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Synopsis This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still waits.
Casting 3 males, 2 females, 1 boy

Norman Thayer, Jr. - elderly adult male; retired English professor; somewhat of a curmudgeon and has a sarcastic sense of humor
Ethel Thayer - elderly adult female; Norman's energetic and sociable wife
Chelsea Thayer Wayne - middle-aged female; divorced daughter of Norman and Ethel
Charlie Martin - middle-aged male; local mailman; helpful, sincere, and childhood friend of Chelsea
Bill Ray - middle-aged male; Chelsea's dentist fiancé; very straightforward
Billy Ray, Jr. - early teenage boy; Bill's son
Auditions December 9, 2017 from 2-4 PM and December 11, 2017 from 7-9 PM.
History After five previews, the first Broadway production opened on February 28, 1979 at the New Apollo Theatre, where it ran for 126 performances. After a summer break, it reopened on September 12 at the Century Theatre, a small playhouse in the basement of the Paramount Hotel, where it ran for an additional 256 performances.

After nineteen previews, a Broadway revival with an African American cast opened on April 7, 2005 at the Cort Theatre, where it ran for 93 performances. James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams headed the cast. Jones, who often was ill during the run, eventually was diagnosed with pneumonia, forcing the production to a sudden close.

Michael Learned and Tom Bosley starred in a 2006-07 US national tour produced by Finn. Jack Klugman headlined a 2008 tour.