Rotunda Theatre Series

 

ON GOLDEN POND

By Ernest Thompson
A Rotunda Theatre Production (NON EQUITY)

Directed by Jane Farris

Wortley-Peabody Theatre of the First United Methodist Church, Dallas

1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas (the corner of Ross & Harwood)

 

Auditions are Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Dallas (1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas)

 

Performance Dates:

May 18, 19, 24-26 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Please bring a headshot, resume, and list of conflicts during the rehearsal time period.  The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.  Audition appointments are not required. Call 214-220-2727 ext. 218 for more information. 

Roles Available:
Norman Thayer 79 turning 80. Grouchy man not embracing challenges of aging.
Ethel Thayer 69. This role has been pre cast
Charlie 40 ish. Mailman for residents of Golden Pond
Chelsea late 30’s-40’s Daughter, newly married. Has issues with Norman
Bill Sr. Late 40’s/50’s Chelsea’s new husband. A dentist
Billy Jr. teenager with a chip on his shoulder. Bill’s son.

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.

 

Thank you,

Kat Kaden
Assistant to Music and Arts

 

First United Methodist Church of Dallas

1928 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX  75201

office: 214-220-2727 ext. 218, fax: 469-916-9396