auditions for "On Golden Pond"

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Monday, February 25, 2013 - Tuesday, February 26, 2013
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Gateway Players Theatre Arts Barn
111 Main Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
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Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. will hold auditions for the play, On Golden Pond on February 25 and 26 at 6:30pm at the Gateway Arts Barn, 111 Main Street, Southbridge MA. This Ernest Thompson drama will be performed in May at the Gateway Barn. "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural, a state agency."
Mary Gahagan is the director and Suzanne Adams will produce this May production. The cast consists of 3 men, 2 women and 1 teenaged boy. The adults can be varying ages. Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Gateway Players is currently in its 38th season, and is located on the grounds of the historical Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities. For more information, call Gateway at 508-764-4531.
THE STORY: 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 memorybut 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 awarenessand slangin 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.

Cost: free to audition

Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders

Phone: 508-764-4531

Last Modified: January 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

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