Victoria to visit 'On Golden Pond'

Keldy  Ortiz

Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

In Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond," Ethel and Norman Thayer spent summers at the pond, where they would step away from everything and into peace and tranquility. For 48 years, they've done the same thing every summer, but this time it's different.

And now Victoria gets to see their life unfold this particular summer, as the play is reborn on stage at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, starting Friday through Sunday and next weekend.

For the Thayers, what is expected to be a simple summer does not turn out that way, as their middle-aged daughter, Chelsea, comes to Golden Pond. She doesn't come alone, however, bringing her latest fiance, and his son, Billy. Chelsea and her fiance later leave to go to Europe, but Billy stays. For the summer, it's just the three of them, which brings new adventures for everyone.

"There are five, six stories together," said Walter Womack, who plays the role of Norman, a retired English professor.

This also can be the last summer at Golden Pond for Norman and Ethel in their advanced age, but as Mary K. Rabe, who plays Ethel, explained, it's their endurance that gets the couple through their ups and down during the summer.

"It's a funny play," Womack said, explaining that the story contains a transition of accepting death.

Rabe said "On Golden Pond" is full of memories.

"We invite people into our home, and hope they visit the Golden Pond," she said.



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