St. James Theatrical Ministry, along with Mukwonago Village Players are getting ready for their spring production On Golden Pond, by Ernest Thompson, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

On Golden Pond is directed by Bill Hitt.

The cast includes Hal Erickson as Norman Thayer Jr., Tammy Vrba as Ethel Thayer, Kerry Birmingham as Charlie Martin, Jacqueline Gosz as Chelsea Thayer Wayne, Keegan Vrbetic as Billy Ray and Jim Mallmann as Bill Ray.

Performances are in the St. James Activity Center. Evening performances on Friday, May 10 & 17, Saturday, May 11 & 18 are at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM. Matinees are on Saturday, May 11 at 3 PM, doors open at 2:30 PM and Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM, doors open at 1:30 PM.

Tickets for these shows are $15.00 for General Admission and $12.00 for Seniors (60 +) and children (12 and under). Tickets are available at Miller Pharmacy, Shanahan’s Coffee House, Espresso Love Coffee, St. James Parish & Center Offices and online at BrownPaperTickets.com

Tickets for all performances will also be available at the door and seating is not reserved. Cash or check only at outlets, online orders with credit card. For more information, call 262-470-4786 and leave a message.

On Golden Pond 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.

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