Thursday, 04 August 2011 00:48

The Colony Theatre Company presents ON GOLDEN POND

Written by Cathy Wayne
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3867.jpgThe second production in The Colony Theatre Company’s 37th successful season is the wonderful ON GOLDEN POND. Originally written by Ernest Thompson as a play in 1979, and presented to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway, this delightful script was developed into the winning 1981 film.

We all know the story of ON GOLDEN POND. Brusque and cantankerous Norman Thayer, Jr. (Hal Linden) and his high-spirited and energetic wife, Ethel (Christina Pickles) arrive for their 48th annual summer to their home on Golden Pond, Maine. Their daughter Chelsea (Monette Magrath) is bringing her new fiancé, Bill (Jonathan Stewart) and his son Billy (Nicholas Podany) to meet the family. They ask Norman and Ethel to allow Billy to stay for the summer so they may have some time to themselves. Mailman Charlie Martin (Jerry Kernion) and Chelsea were childhood friends, and Charlie’s continuing love for Chelsea touches us with poignancy and amusement.

You are in for a real treat with Hal Linden in the role of Norman Thayer. Mr. Linden brings his own extraordinary talent to the role and completely delights us. Joining him is the wonderful Christina Pickles as his wife, Ethel Thayer. It is as though you are seeing this charming story for the first time. They both bring a new freshness to this classic story: resolving an often tumultuous relationship between father and daughter, the emotional realization that time is passing so quickly after many years of marriage, and the joyful discovering of a young man’s presence in their home for the summer. Monette Magrath, Jonathan Stewart and Jerry Kernion are excellent, and Nicholas Podany as Billy is a fresh new talent and thoroughly enjoyable. They are all superb!

Wonderful direction by the incredible Cameron Watson brings the terrific ensemble of actors to perfection, with a beautiful set by John Iacovelli. I want to mention the superb between scenes lighting by Jared A. Sayeg, which mimics moving water on a lake. I felt as though I was sitting on the boat dock watching the water and it brought me back to the nights on the lake in Upstate New York. Ahhhhh!

You feel good seeing this play. It is like a pair of comfortable fitting shoes. You want to rush to put them on. And you will want to RUSH to see ON GOLDEN POND. Don’t miss this summer on the Pond.


Written by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Cameron Watson

Cast: Hal Linden, Christina Pickles, Monette Magrath, Jerry Kernion, Nicholas Podany and Jonathan Stewart.
Scenic Design: John Iacovelli
Lighting Design: Jared A. Sayeg
Sound Design: Rebecca Kessin
Costume Design: Terri A. Lewis
Properties Design/Set Dressing: MacAndME
Stage Manager: Alexander Berger
Public Relations: David Elzer / Demand PR

The Colony Theater Company
555 North Third Street (at Cypress, adjacent to the Burbank Town Center)
Burbank, CA
Website: www.colonytheatre.Org

July 30 – August 28, 2011
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Question/Answer Talkbacks after performances:
Friday, August 5th and Thursday, August 18th.

$20.00 - $42.00 (student, senior and group discounts available)
Call: 818.558.7000 x15
OR: Onlinewww.colonytheatre.Org


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