On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson
July 10 – 26
Opening Night: Friday, July 10, 2020
Performances: July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 PM & July 12, 19 and 26 at 2 PM.
Produced by Jayn Rife and Marg Soroos
Directed by Eddie Page
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.
Fred Lash as Norman Thayer, Jr.
Patricia Spencer Smith as Ethel Thayer
Anand Tripathi as Charlie Martin
Kathy Ohlhaber as Chelsea T. Wayne
Kirk Lambert as Bill Ray
Evie Graham-Jewett as Billy Ray (Shared Role)
Bill Barnes as Billy Ray (Shared Role)
Janice Zucker as The Operator