'On Golden Pond' Audition June 17

Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018, 6:59am

Curtain Players has scheduled its first audition of the 2018-19 season, for its staging of the opener, On Golden Pond, in September.

The open audition for On Golden Pond is Sunday June 17 (registration at 6:30 PM, tryout at 7) at the 5691 Harlem Road (Galena OH 43021) playhouse.

Michael Fusco directs the Ernest Thompson play, with a preview September 6, and performances September 7-23. In Pond, an elderly couple enjoys a 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. The title was famously adapted into a 1981 motion picture starring Henry Fonda (his final role), Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda.

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, the River and Through the Wood, The Sunshine Boys, A Thousand Clowns, and Barefoot in the Park.  He is a former Curtain Players president and longtime volunteer.

AUDITION… The On Golden Pond open audition is set for Sunday June 17 (registration at 6:30 PM, tryout at 7). Each event is at the Harlem Road playhouse.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions before a casting committee. Roles are not cast in advance. Actors are encouraged to be familiar with the script. Resumes and head shots are helpful.

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 Fusco by e-mail at michael@ohiolaws.com

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 alternate audition should be made before Sunday June 3 by contacted Fusco at michael@ohiolaws.com

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: 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. (age 80 but not physically frail at all)

Ethel: 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. (age 69)

Chelsea: 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. (age 42)

Bill Ray: A successful Los Angeles dentist who is initially unnerved by Norman but ultimately gains his respect by standing his ground. (age 45)

Billy Ray: 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. (age 13)

Charlie Martin: 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. (age 44)

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE… 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.

PERFORMANCES… On Golden Pond plays a preview Thursday evening September 6 with performances 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 2 o’clock matinees September 16 and 23.