VP 2005 On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

Written By: Ernest Thompson
Directed by: Julie Zatko
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Run of Show

“On Golden Pond” ran May 6-21, 2005, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, second Sunday at 2:00pm.

On Golden Pond PlaySynopsis

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 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.


The Program for this show can be viewed by clicking On Golden Pond. (pdf) (Requires Adobe Reader)

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Norman Thayer Sr. John Henry
Ethel Thayer Jean Mills
Charlie Martin Pat Mahoney
Chelsea Thayer Wayne Susan Doktor
Billy Ray A.J. LaPorta
Bill Ray Jim Trumm

Program Staff

Director Julie Zatko
Producers Norb Mills
Set Design Wes Skinner
Scenic Art Ruth Greenberg, Jean Mills, Paige Price,
Mary Ann Silka & Wes Skinner
Stage Manager Debbie Marinik
Lighting Designer Dan Finkle, Deanne Miller, Bob Smith & Julie Zatko
Lighting Crew Debbie Marinik
Costume Design Kate Argow
Costume Crew Sarah Collier & Sue Dessner
Property Masters Sue Dennis
Property Crew Joyce Calmes, Carol Erford, Peggy Lester, Ben Lumbrezer, Paige Price, Mary Ann Silka, Bob Smith & Joanne Toth
Set Construction Steve Mierzejewski, Norb Mills & Bob Smith
Sound Design Julie Zatko
Sound Crew Mark Malley, Erica Renzhofer, Joanne Toth & Don Weber
Program Laura Ahrens, Jake Gordy & Frank Venda
Program Art & Cover Design Laura Ahrens
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberly Bruggemann, Darlene Hatfield, Sue Holliger, Joe Kwiatkowski, John Farnham Scott, Rita Stobinski, Roger Whitmore & Judy Wiederhold
Program Printing The Copy Center
Cast Photography Frank Venda
Special Thanks Black Swamp Players of Bowling Green, Willard Misfeldt


The Village Players Theatre would like to dedicate this show to the memory of Carol Kwiatkowski

The Show!

Act I

Scene I: Middle of May, Early Afternoon
Scene II: Middle of June, Mid-Morning
Scene III: Middle of July, Early Evening

Act II

Scene I: Middle of August, Early Morning
Scene II: Middle of September, Late Morning