On Golden Pond

Feb. 26-March 8, 1982

The Cast

Norman Thayer, Jr. – Ron Court
Ethel Thayer – Audrey Mixer
Charlie Martin – Curtis Wright
Chelsea Thayer Wayne – Jennifer Howard
Billy Ray, Jr. – Dickon Pinkham
Bill Ray – John Jeager

The Crew

Director – Fred Pacolitch
Producer – Patty Berns
Assistant Director – Lynn Austin
Stage Managers – Jane Bigelow and Barbara Wright
Set Design – Read Devereux
Lighting Design – Mike Chambers
Costumes – Hanne Williams
Properties – Shelby Friml
Make up – Debbi Kehow
Hairstylist – High Country Coiffures
Photography – Mark Walker
Poster Design – David Melchior

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.