The South Bend Civic Theatre is holding auditions for Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond. Please come in the front door to begin filling out paperwork. These are open auditions, so actors may arrive any time between 6:00-8:00pm on the audition dates. For the callbacks on March 7th, actors need to arrive at 6:00 and stay the whole time. Auditions are a cold read, so sides are not available. A May 16 show is not listed on the Civic website, as this is a private performance for a show sponsor. There will be a “pay-what-you-can” preview on May 9. Rehearsals will be 5-6 days per week with one weekend day off, though the director will reassess after receiving actor availability. Please note the director is open to interracial casting.

Every summer, Ethel and Norman stay in their summer house on Golden Pond. This summer proves to be unique when their daughter comes to visit with her boyfriend, his son in tow. As they spend time together, the boy and Norman grow very close. This new relationship opens old wounds and creates new conflict for the family in this haunting, but humorous play.

 “This is the type of play that can be a mirror into our own lives and the lives of our loved ones…” – Broadway World



May 10-12 & May 15-19


March 4th or 5th, 6:00-8:00PM, at the South Bend Civic Theatre.


March 7th, 6:00-8:00PM, at the South Bend Civic Theatre.


Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday. 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.



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