Ozark Actors Theatre | 701 N Cedar St Rolla, MO 65401 | (573) 364-9523

On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond


July 13 - 23, 2017

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. 

Rated PG. This production contains some strong language and adult themes. 

PERFORMANCES July 13-16, 20-23, 2017

  • Thursday,  July 13, 7:30pm
  • Friday,       July 14, 2pm
  • Friday,       July 14, 7:30pm
  • Saturday,   July 15, 7:30pm
  • Sunday,     July 16, 2pm
  • Thursday,  July 20, 7:30pm
  • Friday,       July 21, 2pm
  • Friday,       July 21, 7:30pm
  • Saturday,   July 22, 7:30pm
  • Sunday,     July 23, 2pm

This production generously sponsored by Brewer Science.

Brewer Science


All performances are presented at THE CEDAR STREET PLAYHOUSE, 701 North Cedar, Rolla MO, 65401.

Dinner and a Show, Saturday July 15th 5:00 p.m. 

Following the success of OAT's previous Dinner and a Show events, we are once again working with the Episcopal Men's Fellowship Group of Christ Church, Rolla, to offer an outstanding evening of dinner and theatre. For only $50 per person you will enjoy a four course meal and a ticket to see On Golden Pond, the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer. Guests will be treated to a dining experience, seating starting at 5:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, on the corner of 10th and Main Streets in Rolla. This will be followed by reserved seating to the 7:30 p.m. performance of On Golden Pond.

The menu:
Appetizer- straight from the docks of New England, a variation on the lobster roll.
First Course: a bountiful summer salad.
Entrée: Roasted duck breast with a wine and berry glaze, seasonal braised vegetables, and corn pudding soufflé.
Dessert: Blueberry crumble pie with homemade crème fraîche ice cream.

The menu is subject to change due to seasonal availability. If you want a vegetarian option, please request when making your reservation.



Norman Thayer, Jr.: JOHN CONTINI *

Ethel Thayer: PEGGY BILLO *

Charlie Martin: CRAIG PHILLIPS

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: SABRA SELLERS *



*denotes Member, Actors' Equity Association


Director: A.S. FREEMAN
Scenic Designer: JACK GOLDEN
Lighting Designer: KEVIN SHAW
Sound Designer / Engineer: BLAKE HARDIN
Costume Designer: JENNA LIGHT
Props Designer: LAURA LIGHT
Master Carpenter: TEDDY HATLEY
Stage Manager: JIM WELCH *
Assistant Stage Manager: KATIE METZ *
Master Electrician: JASON BOES
Scenic Painter: SAGE MELBY
Production Interns:
Stitcher/Wardrobe : NATALIE WRHEL

*denotes Member, Actors' Equity Association