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Auditions

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On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson

 

Directed by Candace Moore
Runs: Jan 4 - 20, 2019
Rehearsals: TBD

 

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Audition Times

  • Saturday, Nov 17, 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, Nov 18, 6:30 pm

Location

Auditions will held at the theatre, 319 N. Gay Street [directions]. For more information, email info@theatreknoxville.com.

Available Roles

  • Norman Thayer, Jr. (late 60s - 70s), is a retired professor. He's an outspoken man of biting wit and formidable intellect. He has been a teacher and scholar for his entire adult life, and now faces a not too distant future in which his mental capacities are diminished. He is sharp and funny and playfully difficult, but underneath very afraid that he may not be so for much longer. Norman is gruff and curmudgeonly, but clearly absolutely devoted to his wife.
  • Ethel Thayer (60s-70s) is Norman's wife of nearly fifty years. Ethel is outgoing and sociable, gracious, charming and likeable. She is happiest on Golden Pond, and constantly observes all that she loves in that world.
  • Chelsea Thayer Wayne (late 20s - late 30s) is the daughter of Ethel and Norman. She is divorced, but engaged to a new man with a son. Chelsea grew up overweight and continues to struggle somewhat with body image. Her rela?onship to her father is deeply strained, despite her closeness to her mother.
  • Billy Ray (11-15) is the son of Chelsea's fiancée. He is a smart, perceptive, adaptable young man. He finds an easy rapport with Norman, the two being surprisingly similar.
  • Bill Ray (30s- 40s) is Chelsea's fiancée. He is a dentist and the divorced father of a thirteen-year old son. Bill is candid and straightforward.
  • Charlie Martin (late 20s - late 30s) is the local mail carrier. He's known the Thayer family for most of his life. He has harbored and continues to harbor feelings for Chelsea, who does not return them. Charlie is kind, helpful and good-natured. He is quick to laugh but struggles to understand Norman's humor.

Audition Requirements

  • No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • Please bring a headshot and resume.
  • Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for November-January.

Synopsis

An elderly couple enjoy their latest summer in a cottage on a Maine lake, as they come to terms with the husband's advancing age and his ongoing estrangement from his newly engaged daughter.

"On Golden Pond is a work of rare simplicity and beauty, and in Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice."
NY Daily News

"…a rare and memorable theatrical experience…"
Variety

"What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so much affection in it!"
The New Yorker

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