On Golden Pond

by Ernest Thompson, directed by Jeanne Beckwith (Roxbury)

August 1-19, 2019

Dickon Pinkham and Audrey Mixer in the 1982 production

Originally produced in 1982, On Golden Pond tells 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. 

Curtis Wright in the 1982 production

 

The Cast

 

Norman Thayer, Jr. - J. Louis Reid (Milton)

Ethel Thayer - Donna Charron Cristen (Warren)

Charlie Martin- Brent Adams (Warren)

Chelsea Thayer Wayne - Mikki Nucci (Waitsfield)

Billy Ray - Robert Nucci (Waitsfield)

Bill Ray - Paul Cavaliere (Montpelier)

The Crew

Directed by Jeanne Beckwith

Stage Manager: Joanne Puente

Assistant Stage Manager: Curtis Wilcox

Stand-in Stage Manager: Sarah McDougal & Susan Loynd

Assistant Director: Sarah McDougal

Lighting Operation: Kate O’Neill

Sound design: F. Brett Cox, Jeanne Beckwith, Doug Bergstein

Set Design: Michelle Nucci, Jeanne Beckwith, Andra Kisler

Scenic Artist: Andra Kisler

Set Crew: Michelle Nucci (Chief), Doug Bergstein, Paul Cavaliere, Andra Kisler, Jeanne Beckwith, Brent Adams

Photos by Ruth Ann Pattee