Stage Right’s production of ‘On Golden Pond’ opens

The second show of the upcoming season is set to open this weekend at The Crighton Theatre by Stage Right.

“On Golden Pond,” directed by Jim Walker, will open today and run until Sept. 27.

Walker, who was the 2014 Montie Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, previously directed the 2012 production of “You Can’t Take It With You” at The Owen Theatre, which earned two Montie Award nominations.

This description of “On Golden Pond” is from Stage Right’s website:

“This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, 10 years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving 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—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.”

The show features several previous Montie Award recipients and nominees.

Don Hampton, who plays Norman Thayer Jr. and is leading set design, is a two-time Montie Award recipient and five-time nominee. Most recently Hampton was nominated for his set design in 2015’s “Almost, Maine.” He took home the Montie in that category in 2014 for “Bus Stop” and 2012’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Marilyn Moore, who plays Ethel Thayer, is a four-time Montie Award winner and six-time nominee. Moore is tied for the most number of Montie Awards for an acting role and has the second most number of Montie Awards ever. Most recently, Moore was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama for her role in “Bus Stop.”

Allen Dorris, who plays Charlie Martin, was most recently nominated for his role in 2014’s “Bus Stop” for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama.

Roger Ormiston, in charge of lighting design, won a Montie in 2015 for his lighting design of Stage Right’s “Singin’ in the Rain” and has been nominated twice before in the same category.

Marieda Kilgore, wardrobe design, was most recently nominated for her costuming work in “Singin’ in the Rain” and previously won a Montie in the same category for her work in 2014’s “Gypsy.”

Melody Montez, who is doing sound design, was nominated for Stage Right’s 2015 production of “Dixie Swim Club” for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy or Drama.

Show dates are Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12; Friday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 20; and Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 27. Show times on Fridays and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available on Stage Right’s website at www.stage-right.org. Tickets range from $15 to $20.

CAST & CREW

Don Hampton – Norman Thayer, Jr.

Marilyn Moore – Ethel Thayer

Kim Bryant – Chesea Thayer Wayne

Allen Dorris – Charlie Martin

Jim King – Bill Ray

Ian Montez – Billy Ray

Jennifer Marshall – Operator

Roger Ormiston – Lighting Design

Melody Montez – Sound Design

Jennifer Marshall – Props

Marieda Kilgore – Wardrobe/Costume Design

Kailey Johnson – Hair and Makeup

Don Hampton – Set Design

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