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On Golden Pond

By Ernest Thompson

Directed by Greg White

May 13-16, 1982

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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 fiancÚ, 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.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.

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Norman Thayer Jr.Norman Callison
Ethel ThayerJane Rogers
CharliePhil Jarvis
Chelsea ThayerMary Jarvis
Billy RayFred Darkow
Billy RayMike Wilson
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Director and DesignerGreg While
SetsJudy Parsons, Greg Teachman, Bruce Ranger, Greg Little, Tom Herlocker, Bill Tharp, Jane Rogers, Phil Jarvis, Norman Callison, Fred Darkow, Mary Jarvis, Judy Herlocker, Bill Helphingstine, Louise White, Pat Helphingstine
LightingDennis Hollifield, Norma Miller
PropertiesLouise White, Saucie Maynard
Properties Running CrewBrendan Jarvis and Cast
SoundGerald Reynolds
PublicityGreg White, Louise White, Pat Helphingstine, Judy White
Road SignVaughn Albertson
Program and Poster DesignArdith Fell
House ManagerBruce Ranger, Gail Ranger
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