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On Golden Pond

Produced by The Valley Players @ The Valley Players Theater

4254 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT, United States

August 2, 2019 - August 18, 2019

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Behind the scenes

Ernest Thompson (Playwright) & Jeanne Beckwith (Director)

Starring

J. Louis Reid, Donna Charron Cristen, Brent Adams, Mikki Nucci, Robert Nucci, & Paul Cavaliere

Performance Type

Theater

ABOUT THE SHOW

Norman 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.

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