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Auditions set for 'Golden Pond' at Georgia Southwestern State

AMERICUS, Ga. — Auditions for the Sumter Players production of the popular drama "On Golden Pond" will be conducted at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.

Directed by David Finley, the play has roles for three men, two women and a boy. Performances will be at the Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus Sept. 12-15 to open the 50th season for the community theater.

They play is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th 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.

Auditioners should expect to perform cold readings from the script, both alone and with others, and may have the option of reciting other material of his or her choice. All persons interested in performing or working backstage are invited to attend. The casting of Sumter Players’ productions is based on talent only without regard for race, color, religion, ethnicity or any other defining characteristic. Performers under age 18 must have parental permission.

Requests for additional information should be directed to audition@sumterplayer.org.