On Golden Pond
Play by Ernest Thompson
Produced by Marg Soroos
Directed by Eddie Page
Performance Dates: March 20 – April 5
Performance Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm
- Saturday January 18, 2020 2-5 PM
- Sunday, January 19, 2020 6-9 PM
Callbacks: (By invitation) Tuesday January 21, 2020 @ 7 PM
On Golden Pond is a classic American comedic drama that’s every bit as touching, warm, and witty today as when it debuted off Broadway in 1978. Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer are spending their 48th summer at their vacation home on Golden Pond, Maine. Their delightful summer routine–fishing, picking strawberries, enjoying old mementoes, listening to the loons call–is given a bitterly comedic edge by Norman’s unreliable memory and his cantankerously morbid statements. When their daughter Chelsea visits for Norman’s 80th birthday, bringing her boyfriend Bill and Bill’s teenage son, Billy Jr., the whole family must come to grips with Norman and Chelsea’s mutual bitterness. Norman quickly decides to mentor young Billy with the skills of fishing and reading. The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties of a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine in a play that effortlessly illustrates the hilarious, heartbreaking, human moments of which life is made.
Character Descriptions: (Ages listed are “character” ages. Actors must be able to look that age)
Norman Thayer, Jr. (Male, late 70’s, Elderly) husband, father, retired, vigorous, peppery, cranky, intelligent, funny, fascinating, sense of humor with a lifelong strained relationship with Chelsea.
Ethel Thayer (Female, late 60’s) wife, mother, kind, energetic, exuberant, cheerful, optimistic, funny, bright, active, warm, loving, homemaker, tactful and Norman’s caretaker.
Charlie Martin (Male, Mid 40’s) mail carrier, cheerful, friendly, outgoing, optimistic, rural Maine, Maine accent, simple, charming, sweet, rustic, thoughtful, sense of humor, nostalgic, best childhood friend of Chelsea.
Chelsea Thayer Wayne (Female, early 40’s) girlfriend, future wife, smart, sharp, sense of humor, funny, hurt, sad, athletic, insecure, bitterly uncomfortable yet regretful about her relationship with Norman.
Bill Ray (Male, Late 40’s) dentist, Californian, father, boyfriend and husband of Chelsea, responsible, anxious, friendly awkward, outsider, sincere, earnest, cautious and tactful.
Billy Ray (Male, young teen) eager, enthusiastic, flippant, friendly, loving, quick, smart, cool, cheerful, sociable, awkward with a sense of humor.
IMPORTANT CASTING NOTE: Both traditional and culturally diverse male actors are encouraged to audition for the roles of Charlie, Bill and Billy. Actors should be familiar with the play and be prepared to read cold from the script. Auditions are held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church located at 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria (cross street is Fort Hunt Road). Auditions are first come, first served. No appointments are necessary. All auditionees will be asked to have their picture taken by the ACCT photographer. No roles have been pre-cast.