On Golden Pond

Auditions for "On Golden Pond" at Community Theatre of Clay County

"On Golden Pond" - Auditions


Calling all actors and backstage enthusiasts! If you’re looking for an opportunity to perform in a classic play with a talented cast and crew, the Community Theatre of Clay County’s auditions for “On Golden Pond” are just around the corner. This is a fantastic chance to get involved with a wonderful organization and create something special with other theatre lovers in the community. Performances will take place on July 28, 29, and 30!


For those unfamiliar with the play, “On Golden Pond” revolves around Norman and Ethel, an elderly couple who spend their Summers at their lake house. Alongside their daughter Chelsea and her fiancé Bill, the audience gets to see the dynamics of a family in transition as they face challenges and navigate relationships. There are roles available for actors of all ages, so if you’re interested, there may be a place for you in the production.

Here are the characters and their age range and gender:

Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea.

Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman.

Charlie Martin: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents.

Billy Ray: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.

Bill Ray: Chelsea’s fiancé and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

Citation: https://www.bard.org/study-guides/characters-on-golden-pond/

Lisa Watler Marse

Director’s Note

I have been involved with CTCC since the early 1990’s both as a director and an actor. When the opportunity arose to direct “On Golden Pond “, I jumped at the chance. This is a story of love, relationship, and reconciliation. The audience will most likely identify with one or all of those. I’m looking forward to working with a small cast as we bring this very familiar and much loved story to the stage. Get your tickets soon as this show will most likely sell out fast! I’m looking forward to seeing you “On Golden Pond”! 

Expectations at Auditions

Auditioning for any production can be nerve-wracking, but at the Community Theatre of Clay County, the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Expect to meet other people who share the same love for theatre as you do. Also, remember to be yourself and have fun as you take on the characters. The organization welcomes actors who are unable to commit to a full-time rehearsal schedule due to other commitments such as day jobs. There are roles for all levels of actors, so don’t hesitate to audition even if you’re new to the theatre scene. 

At this audition, expect to read sides from a script.

Backstage and Technical Work

For those who love theatre, but may not be interested in acting, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the production. The Community Theatre of Clay County welcomes volunteers to help with backstage work, technical support, and set design. Anyone interested in any of these aspects can attend the auditions on June 1st, and talk with the director or other members of the cast and crew. 

Auditioning for “On Golden Pond” at the Community Theatre of Clay County is a chance for actors and theatre enthusiasts to showcase their talent and passion for the craft while collaborating with a vibrant community of like-minded individuals. Whether you’re a seasoned actor or a newcomer, there’s a place for you in this heartwarming and timeless classic. If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to attend the auditions or the upcoming production. We’re excited to create something special with you, and we hope to see you soon!

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