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On Golden Pond

a Family Play
by Ernest Thompson

COMPANY : Cumming Attractions Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1164

SHOWING : March 03, 2005 - March 20, 2005



This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-fourth 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 himself. Time may now be against Norman and Ethel, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Asst Director Steve Cook
Cast Chris Goldston
Director Chris Goldston
Stage Mgr Adam Levenstein
Costume Lead Cheryl Rogers
Lights Jim Severnak
Set Lead Glenn Whitehead
Charlie Lee Anthony
Ethel Thayer Jan Grimshaw
Norman Thayer Don Hawkins
Billy Nicholas Hoerrman
Chelsea Linda Thompson
Bill Brian Twomey
Production Mgr Miranda Dobbins
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Visit Golden Pond
by Egrammy
Monday, March 7, 2005
I will state in the beginning, the movie version of this play is not one of my favorites. No disrespect to Henry Fonda or Katerine Hepburn but it just didn't do it for me. I found it rather sad and depressing and slow. So, when I saw CATCo was going to produce this gem in our town, I was a bit hesitant. However, being a CATCo fan, I knew I would be surprised and I was. It is a great presentation, starting with the sets, the musical background, and of course, the acting. Don Hawkins brings Norman Thayer Jr. to life with a wry, albeit cranky edge, that is hilarious. Playing against him is Jan Grimshaw's Ethel who portrays the caring, can't-live-with-him-can't-live-without-him wife of 48 years and she fields his sarcasm with a flair all her own. Lee Anthony does a superlative job as Charlie, the jolly, take life as it comes, letter carrier.
One of the plays most comical moments (and surprisingly, there are many) is between Norman and Billy Ray Sr. (Brian Twomey). They have a battle of wits and when all is said and done, the 'bottom line" is that Norman wins. Admirable performances are also turned in by Linda Thompson as Chelsea (Norman and Ethel's estranged daughter) and Billy Ray Jr. (Nicholas Hoerrmann). The relationship that developes between the 13 year old Billy Ray Jr. and Norman is realistic and warm.
Chris Goldston did a wonderful job with his directing debut. I highly recommend this show as a must see. Put your pre-exisiting notions aside and have a fun evening "On Golden Pond". The tickets are a bit pricey, I'll admit, but it's worth every penny. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
AGREED by Brode Tuwall
This review is an accurate review. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the very professional presentation. The time passed quickly for the audience as the time passed slowly in the story being portrayed on the stage. Cumming residents should be proud to have theater like this and media in town should be featuring this theater with much more aggresiveness. I happen to come from a Metropolitian area that has much theater. This production, "On Golden Pond" is as good as it gets.


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