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Nicolet College - - On Golden Pond Auditions Sept. 15, 16

Nicolet Players On Golden Pond
auditions Sept. 15, 16

The Nicolet Players will hold auditions for the upcoming production of On Golden Pond Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. in the Nicolet College Theatre.

This heartwarming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year, has been a favorite ever since its 1978 debut on Broadway and movie debut in 1981 with Katharine Hepburn and Henry and Jane Fonda.

Written by Ernest Thompson at the age of 28, the play is a masterpiece of sensitivity that explores the themes of marriage, memory, misunderstanding and rapprochement across generations, and the nature of mortality itself. As the summer wanes and time grows precious, the play reveals poignant lessons about life, love and happiness.

The story has roles for six actors: the elderly Norman and Ethel, the lead roles; daughter Chelsea and her husband Bill; thirteen-year-old Billy; and Charlie the local mailman.
Auditions are open to everyone and no preparation is necessary. Performances will be on the Nicolet stage the first two weekends of November. Scripts and more audition details are available for a three-day checkout from the Nicolet College Library, located in the Learning Resources Center on the Rhinelander campus.

As tempting as it might be to watch this film classic before the auditions, Nicolet College Theatre director Jim Nuttall strongly advises against doing so. "The performances in the film are powerful and memorable," Nuttall explained. "However, I will not cast anyone who simply tries to mimic those performances, and it's hard to get them out of your head once you've seen the film."

If you have questions about the play or the audition process, call Nuttall at (715) 365-4476.