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“On Golden Pond” Opens at Bay Steet Players

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:02 am

Bay Street Players are proud to present the third production of their 43rd main stage season, “On Golden Pond”.
“On Golden Pond” 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 eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory-but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten 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.
Featuring a cast of local talents including Barry Lessinger as Norman, Jackie Levine as Ethel, Tom Young as Charlie, Courtney Bahr as Chelsea, Aiden Fracker as Billy, and Rick Breese as Bill.
“On Golden Pond” Opens on January 19 and will run Fridays through Sundays until February 4th with select Thursday performances as well. Curtians rise on evening performances at 8:00 PM and 2 PM on Sunday (and select Saturday) matinees.
All Bay Street Players productions are held at The Historic State Theatre located in the heart of downtown Eustis at 109 N Bay St. Tickets may be purchased online at or by contacting our box office at 352-357-7777.