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'On Golden Pond' wraps up season

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM

It opens Friday night at Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St. in Grand Haven. 

The play was written by Ernest Thompson when he was 28 years old, and became a successful Broadway production as well as a popular movie, winning Academy Awards for both Henry Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn.

This is a love story between Norman and Ethel Thayer, who are returning to their summer home for the 48th year. Norman is a retired professor, sharp-tongued and observant. Ethel is his perfect foil — sweet, caring, calm and nature-loving.

Their 48th summer on Golden Pond presents opportunities for discoveries about life and love. It is filled with poignant and comedic moments.

The cast is Hayden Smith (Norman), Carolyn Bean (Ethel), Tracy Starkweather (Charlie), Trudi Kerkstra (Chelsea), Pete Drost (Bill) and Graham Reid (Billy).  

In 1987, Drost played the role of young Billy and now plays the character’s father, as well as directs. Vicki Marvin is producer and Ruth Simon is assistant director/stage manager.   

“On Golden Pond” will be performed five times: May 17-18 at 7:30 p.m., May 19 at 2 p.m., and May 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 616-850-6566.

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