2009-08-20 / Community News

Milam County Community Theatre to Hold Auditions

Auditions for "On Golden Pond," the next production offered by Milam Community Theatre, are set for 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 31 and Tuesday Sept. 1 at the Williams Civic Center in Cameron.

"This is a delightful show, full of funny characters and witty dialogue," said director Richard Stone. "Don't confuse it with the move starring Henry Fonda and Kate Hepburn. That was good, but the playwright made it a bit darker when he adapted the stage play for the screen."

Stone said the script calls for a company of four men, two women and a teenage boy.

The major characters are Norman and Ethel Thayer, a retired couple who have spent their summers in their Maine lake cottage ever since they were married.

He is a retired professor who has always been a little crotchety, and is something of a hypochondriac. Still, he is as tarttongued, observant and eager for life as ever. But now that he is turning eighty, he is sure he is dying.

Ethel, who is a bit younger than Norman, is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely. She is Norman's perfect foil.

Their idyllic summer is made eventful by the arrival of their estranged daughter and her dentist-fiancé, who go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for a month at the lake.

The daughter, Chelsea, is very attractive, about 40 and divorced. She is dealing with a lack of closeness between her and her father.

Bill is Chelsea's fiancé. He is definitely not the outdoors type but he is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

Bill's son, Billy, is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.

The fifth character is Charlie Martin, the local delivery-by-boat mailman. Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Production dates for the show are Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 14.

For more information about auditions, contact Richard Stone at 512-760-5748; or e-mail to richard2456@sbcglobal.net.

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