Ozark Actors Theatre proudly continues its 30th professional summer season with On Golden Pond directed by Artistic Director A.S. Freeman. The production is rated PG and runs July13-23 at the Cedar Street Playhouse, located at 701 N. Cedar Street in Rolla. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30p.m., Fridays at 2:00p.m. and 7:30p.m., Saturdays at 7:30p.m., and Sundays at 2:00p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for groups and military, and $14 for students and may be purchased on www.OzarkActorsTheatre.org, by emailing BoxOffice@OzarkActorsTheatre.org or calling 573-364-9523 ext. 1. On July 15th only, enjoy a four-course meal tailored to On Golden Pond at 5p.m. and then attend the 7:30p.m. performance by purchasing the Dinner and a Show package, reservations required.
The cast stars St. Louis favorites John Contini as Norman Thayer, Peggy Billo as Ethel Thayer, and Sabra Sellers as Chelsea, with Phoenix Lawson, from the Jefferson City area, as Billy, in addition to Rolla locals Craig Phillips as Charlie the mailman and Kevin Edwards as Bill Ray completing the cast.
On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. Norman is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their daughter, Chelsea, and her dentist fiancé, Bill, who then go off to Europe, leaving Billy, his teenage son, behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—cursing and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.