On Golden Pond
by Fredericksburg Theater Company
Aug. 15 - Aug. 16 (2017)
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.
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 15th & 16th
1668 South US Hwy 87, Fredericksburg
Auditions for FTC's fall production, On Golden Pond are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S Highway 87 south in Fredericksburg. All roles are available for auditions. Auditions will be conducted by cold readings from the script.
Scripts for On Golden Pond can be checked out at the Fredericksburg Theater Company offices at the same location starting Monday, July 17th. The checkout period is 48 hours. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendance to technical week rehearsals; April 9th-12th is mandatory, as well as attendance to all performances. Performance dates are Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's October 13th-29th.
CHARLIE MARTIN: This character is a local man who has known the Thayers most of his life and is described as big and round with a weathered face.
BILLY RAY: Chelsea's fiancé, this character, is a dentist from California and father to thirteen-year-old Billy.
BILLY RAY JR.: This character is the thirteen-year-old son of Chelsea's fiancé.
ETHEL THAYER: This character is Norman's sixty-nine-year-old wife and is energetic, loving, and sociable.
NORMAN THAYER JR.: This character is an eighty-year-old retired college professor who is spending the summer with his wife at their lake house in Maine.
CHELSEA THAYER WAYNE: This character is the only child of Ethel and Norman and is forty-two and divorced.