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On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

Written by, Ernest Thompson
Production Date: August 12-14 & 19-21, 2011
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Debra Jolly
Stage Manager: Faith Fuller

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 fiance, 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.

Original Cast:
Norman Thayer, Jr…………………………………………………………………..Bill Koehne
Ethel Thayer………………………………………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Charlie Martin………………………………………………………………………….Early Fuller
Chelsea Thayer Wayne…………………………………………………………….Karen Fuller
Billy Ray…………………………………………………………………………..Preston Pelegrin
Bill Ray………………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng