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Our 1999-2000 Season: Mainstage

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On Golden Pond

Written by Ernest Thompson

On Golden Pond, a gentle, wry comedy of American life and ways, takes place one summer, when retired professor Norman Thayer and his wife Ethel arrive at their New England cottage on Golden Pond, just as they have done for nearly 50 years. The Thayer's daughter Chelsea arrives at the cottage with her fiance Bill Ray and Billy, his 13 year-old son from a previous marriage.

Chelsea and Bill plan for Billy to stay at Golden Pond while they head for a summer in Europe. The brusque, hypochondriac Norman and the irritating Billy are soon at odds - much the same as father and daughter have always been. But despite his summer peace being shattered, the two come to a better understanding of one another over the time they are together, while Chelsea also tries to come to terms with his mortality. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and perhaps another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Although originally a very successful play on Broadway, it is more famous as the film in which Henry Fonda, then 75, took his final bow. His performance, along with his co-star Katherine Hepburn won wide critical acclaim, resulting in them both picking up Oscars for Best Actor and Actress.

A story filled with poignancy, warm humor, and wonderfully created characters, the Barn Theatre is proud to present On Golden Pond in its original stage setting.

Opening Night: Friday, January 21, 2000 - Closing Night: Saturday, February 5, 2000


Charlie MartinKevin Faulkner
Bill RayBeau Kennedy
Billy RayBen Liebert
Norman ThayerJay Ludwig
Chelsea ThayerMary Mullen
Ethel ThayerNancy Lee Ryan

Production Staff

DirectorBrian Marshall
ProducerCandy Cobb
Stage ManagerDarcey Jacobs
Set DesignSal Ruggiero
Set ConstructionLarry Wilbur
Set Construction-CrewRoger Clark
Bill Cobb
Kevin Faulkner
Michael Friedhoff
Erin Gilgur
Beau Kennedy
Marty Kleindienst
Tom Schopper
Stacey Wilbur
Cheryl Wilbur
Set DecorSara Kalashian
Scenic ArtistEd Nicolazzo
Janine Wentz
Painting CrewSara Kalashian
Mindy Knapp
Lillian Miller
Sal Ruggiero
Tom Schopper
Robin Totillo
Lighting DesignVal Waller
Lighting Board OperationDonna Sousa
Robin Totillo
Lighting-CrewBobbie Besiack
Michael Friedhoff
Dallas Kennedy
Brian Marshall
Bill Waller
Sound DesignJeff Knapp
Sound OperationMichael Friedhoff
Jeff Knapp
Brian Marshall
PropsLucille Kudelko
Claire Siegmund
CostumesJanet Lazar
Make-Up / HairTammy Agosta Carvlin
Assistant to the DirectorBobbie Besiack
PhotographyMarge Gaffney
Janine Wentz
Program LayoutW Design, LLC
Program EditorKathryn Comiciotto
PublicityHank Gundersen