Auditions for ON GOLDEN POND will be Sunday, February 26th from 2pm – 5pm and Tuesday, February 28th from 7pm – 9pm upstairs at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.  Perusal scripts are available at the Arts Council offices in Galax.  Rehearsals will begin the week of March 7th.

Filled with humor and pathos, the plot of ON GOLDEN POND focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.  The play calls for 2 women, 3 men and a teenage/young boy.  The roles are:

Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea.

Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman.

Charlie Martin: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents.

Billy Ray: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.

Bill Ray: Chelsea’s fiancé and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.
Performances of ON GOLDEN POND will be May 12, 13, 14, 20 & 21 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. For more information, please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 or email us at info@artsculturalcouncil.org.

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