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On Golden Pond Last Modified: Friday, October 10, 2008
On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Mark Britton
November 1993

Synopsis

From the Dramatists Play Service:

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 awaits.

Presented to great critical and popular acclaim first off then on Broadway, this touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years introduced a significant playwright to our theatre.

"ON GOLDEN POND is a work of rare simplicity and beauty, and in Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice." —NY Daily News.

"…a rare and memorable theatrical experience…" —Variety.

"What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so much affection in it!" —The New Yorker.

Published by Dramatists Play Service.

Cast, L to R, Chris Powers, Lewis Mathews, Susan Lascaro, and Bob Kercado.

CAST
Norman Thayer: Paul Leslie
Ethel Thayer: Jody Byers
Charlie: Bob Kercado
Chelsea: Susan Lascaro
Bill Ray: Lewis Mathews
Billy Ray: Chris Powers
Understudies: Elva Hansen and
Mark Britton
Our Crew
Director: Mark Britton
Assistant Director: Elva Hansen
Stage Managers: Barbara and Bill White
Property Manager: Tiffany Younts
House Managers: Chuck and Donna Leach,
Anne Swearingen, and
Sharon Britton
Publicity and Sound Effects: Linda Kercado
Set Design and Construction: Mark Britton and
Walter Williams
Webmaster: John Lukas

OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Jim Bowie and The Hot Springs Factory Outlet Stores
Becky Donner, Melinda Gassaway, and The Sentinel-Record
Larry and the gang at McCoy's Building Supply Center
Hamilton Harbor Marine (Roy Coulter)
Paper Factory
7 South Hardware
Hidden Treasures Furniture
Judy Bond
Tom Phillips
Craig Erickson
Bill and Barbara White