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 sill as tart-tonged, 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 encircled and continue to enrich 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 awaits.
DIRECTOR - Harold Truitt
STAGE MANAGER - Mike Skiles
LIGHTING & SOUND DESIGNER/OPERATOR - Jennifer Kingry
NORMAN THAYER, JR. - John VanDeWoestyne
ETHEL THAYER - Jackie Patterson
CHARLIE MARTIN - Steve Trainor
CHELSEA THAYER WAYNE - Ann Keeney-Grafft
BILLY RAY, JR. - Joe Mroz
BILL RAY - Gary Talsky
Chelsea and her mom have it out. Ann Keeney-Grafft (Chelsea) and Jackie Patterson (Ethel).