On Golden Pond Auditions

ON GOLDEN POND
By Ernest Thompson

Directed by: Walter A. Webster 

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.

ON GOLDEN POND is presented by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.

AUDITION DATES:
Tuesday, January 18th from 6 pm to 9 pm (by sign-up)
Thursday, January 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm (by sign-up)

(Walk-ins will be accepted.)

CALLBACK DATES:
Only if necessary

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, March 25th, 2022 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at 2 pm
Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at 8 pm
Sunday, March, 27th, 2022 at 3 pm

The Levoy Theatre, Home of The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company, announces auditions for ON GOLDEN POND. Join us at The Levoy Theatre on Tuesday, January 18th and Thursday, January 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm for auditions. Auditions will be held at the Levoy Arts and Education Center at 16 E Pine Street, Millville.

Auditions will be cold-readings from the script.

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning.

Please use the provided link to schedule an audition appointment:

Walk-ins are always welcomed. This is a non-equity, paid production. All roles are available.

Rehearsals dates and times TBA. Tech week will run from Sunday, March 20th through Thursday, March 24th, 2022. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please email production@levoy.net.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

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.

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