‘On Golden Pond’ plays at the Dixie

Royce Hodge and Mikel Register

In “On Golden Pond” rehearsals, Norman Thayer, Jr. (Royce Hodge), left, reminds his young fishing buddy Billy Ray (Mikel Register) that Billy has to catch one more "biggie" to match the fishing prowess of the "old man of the sea."

PAM VEST | Special to the Times
Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Your chance to spend a summer at the lake comes to the Dixie Theatre this weekend, with The Panhandle Players' production of “On Golden Pond,” by Ernest Thompson.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

With humor and poignancy, themes of mortality, family relationships, marriage, and generational differences all play out at Norman and Ethel Thayer's small lake house in Maine beside Golden Pond, where 48 years of vacation memories have accumulated like the photographs clustered on every flat surface.

Through clashes and reconciliation, the play explores the often turbulent relationships of growing up and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. With all the years of acrimony, recriminations, wounded feelings, distrust, heart palpitations, and mosquitoes, will this finally be the summer of healing?

Featuring Royce Hodge as Norman Thayer, Liz Sisung as Ethel Thayer, Gary Niblack as Charlie Martin, Judy Loftus as Chelsea Thayer, Mikel Register as Billy Ray, and Phillip Carroll as Bill Ray, the play is directed by Pam Vest, with the adroit stage management of Bob Inguagiato.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door on performance dates. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Downtown Books in Apalachicola, The Butler Agency in Eastpoint, Carrabelle Junction, No Name Cafe Books & More in Port St. Joe, and Caribbean Coffee in Mexico Beach. 

“On Golden Pond” is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., and funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

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