The Stevensville Playhouse is producing "On Golden Pond," Dec. 3–21.
Director Jaime Devlin said the production is about relationships.
“It’s about strained relationships,” she said. “It’s about love, support and healing. People will want to see it because it is endearing. Norman is a crusty old man and through the journey of "On Golden Pond" he softens and you’re going to see that transition. I think people can relate to that.”
Devlin said in all our lives things happen and we put up a wall or a front.
“Certain people are brought into our lives and give us the opportunity to lower our guard,” she said. “I think that anyone with a family can relate to this play. This is the time of year where we are thinking of families.”
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Devlin said that she doesn’t have a favorite scene but enjoys the production as a whole and has since she first saw the film in 1981, with Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.
“It’s one of my most favorite stories,” Devlin said. “I was introduced to it by my mom and my godmother and since watching it the very first time it has become a staple in our household. It is one of those movies you go to when you need to be uplifted or have just that moment. It always has just spoken to me and has been on my list of plays I wanted to direct and this is the time for that.”
The cast for "On Golden Pond" at the Stevensville Playhouse is Jim McCauley as Norman Thayer, Jr., Susan McCauley as Ethel Thayer, Russ Lawrence as Charlie Martin, Garrick Doll as Bill Ray, Aidan McGuire as Billy Ray and Kimberly Duncan as Chelsea Thayer Wayne.
“This is a great cast and I even have someone who is new to our stage who is just really nailing his character,” Devlin said. “I’m proud and excited, not just for my cast to be able to perform this but to have new talent on stage.”
Costumes were designed by Karen Wandler, set builders were Susan McCauley, Jim McCauley, Dean Diers, Jaime Devlin, Kyslei Devlin and Zach Mattijetz. Light technician is Kyslei Devlin and sound technician is Brandon Redman.
“It’s not one of those stories that have a dynamic plot or a huge acceleration, it’s not, it is 'On Golden Pond,'” she said. “Norman is inappropriate and says some raunchy things at times but it is just raw to who he is. He doesn’t have a mask that a lot of us have become accustomed to everything being inappropriate. You get to see raw emotions in some instances.”
Sponsors include theater sponsors: Bitterroot Health and Valley Drug and Variety; season sponsors: Anderson ZurMeuhlen & Co., P.C.; and show sponsor Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic.
Tickets cost $15 or $12 for under age 12 and seniors. For reservations visit www.stevensvilleplayhouse.org, masks are recommended but not required.
See "On Golden Pond" at the Stevensville Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Dec, 3, 4, 10, and 11, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 12.