Local seniors will hit the stage for a production of “On Golden Pond” this weekend.
According to director Brack Llewellyn, the play is the fourth production for the Well-Seasoned Players since the senior center-based group was “rebooted” in 2014. It’s also the “most ambitious” play the group has performed.
The play, written by Ernest Thompson, is about a couple, Norman and Ethel Thayer, who set out to spend a relaxing summer at Golden Pond. However, their estranged daughter and her family show up and coax the couple into watching their grandson for a month while the estranged daughter travels to Europe with her fiancé.
“‘Golden Pond’ is many stories in one play,” said Llewellyn. “It’s Norman and Ethel’s love story as they age and deal with the challenges growing older brings. It’s also the story of Norman and Chelsea (the estranged daughter), who have never been close. They both feel the urgency to find closure as Norman’s health falters. City kid Billy finds a grandfather. Even Charlie the mailman has a touching reunion with Chelsea, who was his childhood crush at the lake. And it’s also the story of Golden Pond itself, and how that bright and serene body of water shaped the lives of the Thayers.”
The cast, made up of seven seniors from the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Incorporated Senior Center, is a special one, according to Llewellyn.
“This is a remarkably talented and experienced group,” he noted in a media release. “They immersed themselves in the characters almost immediately. Even in early rehearsals, the ‘magical moments’ were starting to emerge. It’s amazing to watch.”
Llewellyn called the play a “a spellbinding 90 minutes of theatre.”
The Well-Seasoned Players will perform at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the L.H. Jones auditorium, located at 215 Jones School Road in Mount Airy. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
For more information call the Senior Center at 786-6155, ext. 225.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.