STOCKTON - The Stockton Civic Theatre will present the popular production of “On Golden Pond” beginning Wednesday, May 2, and running through Sunday, May 27.
The play was written by Ernest Thompson in 1979, who later adapted it for the screen in 1981.
The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond, and are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé and his son in tow. Michael Stratford has been cast in the role of Norman, with Sherry Dumos taking the role of Ethel. Daughter Chelsea will be played by Jennifer Nelson-Burgher. The son’s part is cast with Dalin Nelson, with Rocky Rhoades taking the part of Charlie, and Kari Nelson playing The Operator. The part of fiancé Bill is still to be cast.
The solitude of Norman and Ethel’s annual pilgrimage to Golden Pond is interrupted when their daughter Chelsea — whom they haven’t seen for years — feels she must be there for Norman’s birthday. She and her fiancé are on their way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the fiance’s son. At first Norman and the kid dislike each other from square one, but gradually develop a touching bond. It is through the warm relationship between Norman and the boy that the old man and his daughter are at last able to display affection towards each other — the first time they’ve done so in years.
“On Golden Pond” features a $15 per seat preview on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. A reception for opening night patrons catered by Kinder’s will be held on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. Performances continue through Sunday, May 27, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $15 for students and children 12 and under.
The theatre is located at 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton. For tickets, call the Box Office Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at (209) 473-2424, or go online at sctlivetheatre.com.