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"On Golden Pond" Last Modified: Thursday, November 13, 2008
On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Mary Hill
July, 2007
This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-fourth 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.

Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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John Johnson as Bill Ray
Tim Cooper as Billy Ray
Jack Larsen as Norman Thayer Jr.
Barbara Morgan as Ethel Thayer
Sherry Speer Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Tom Cooper as Charlie Martin

Norman Thayer Jr.: Jack Larsen
Ethel Thayer: Barbara Morgan
Charlie Martin: Tom Cooper
Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Sherry Speer
Billy Ray: Tim Cooper
Bill Ray: John Johnson
Director: Thomas Clark
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Ann Wilson
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Props: Linda Hughes, Dave & Julie Howard
Lights/Sound: Mathew Thomas
Sets: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton, Walter Dodson, Bob Stout, Libby & Dave Jacques, Liz & Jeff Heitzman, Abraham Lazson
Publicity: Gene Forsyth, Jackie Stuelke
Graphics & Program Cover Design: Tom Clark
Programs: Bill & Barbara White
Newsletter: Margaret Forsyth, Ann Wilson
Concessions: Tom & Dee Farr
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Box Office: Peggy Socias
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