Script Review: June 7, 2018

Audition: June 17, 2018

On Golden Pond

by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Michael Fusco
Produced by Terri Fusco
Stage Manager Jen Shively


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.

Meet the Director

On Golden Pond is Fusco's tenth directing assignment at Curtain Players. His credits include Trevor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Sunshine Boys, A Thousand Clowns, and Barefoot in the Park. He is a former Curtain Players president and longtime volunteer.

Performance Dates

Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22, 2018 at 8:00PM
Sept. 16 & 23, 2018 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the September 16 matinee.



Script Review, auditions and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

What to Expect at the Script Review

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

What to Expect at Auditions

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not necessary.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. In the event that someone wishing to audition is not available to attend on the appointed date, an early audition may be requested of the director. The early audition will be granted solely at the director's discretion.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to

The On Golden Pond audition will consist of readings of excerpts from the script. Most of the sides will be available in advance at the script info session or by contacting director Michael Fusco by e-mail at

Actors should make every effort to attend the scheduled audition. An early audition may be requested of the director and scheduled at the director's discretion. Requests for an alternate audition should be made before Sunday, June 3 by contacted Fusco at


In general, there will be two table reads and one-on-one meetings with the director prior to rehearsals that will begin approximately six to seven weeks before opening night September 7. Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Tech week rehearsals are set for Sunday through Wednesday September 2-5. That includes the Labor Day holiday.

Character Descriptions

The ages listed for the characters are those actually stated in the play's dialog, however, actors auditioning for these roles can be younger or older than the stated age.:

  • Norman – (age 80 but not physically frail at all) A retired professor who uses his sharp, disarming wit to mask his fears and frustrations arising out of his failing health, fading memory and awareness of his mortality; loving and vulnerable with Ethel.
  • Ethel – (age 69) A spirited, life-loving, nurturing soul and soulmate to Norman, unfazed by his barbs, saddened to watch him decline but determined that to enjoy to the fullest the time they have left together.
  • Chelsea – (age 42) A bright, capable, divorced woman, still hurting from her regret of not having lived up to Norman's expectations which he, of course, engendered but which she should have let go of long ago.
  • Bill Ray – (age 45) A successful Los Angeles dentist who is initially unnerved by Norman but ultimately gains his respect by standing his ground.
  • Billy Ray – (age 13) Bill's son who, underneath a cool/tough front is really in need and responds enthusiastically to the love and attention he receives from Ethel and Norman.
  • Charlie Martin – (age 44) The local mailman and childhood friend of Chelsea who has always had a crush on her. His laugh is contagious albeit used a little too often.