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On Golden Pond


  • Riverland Community College 1900 8th Avenue Northwest Austin, MN, 55912 United States (map)

by Ernest Thompson
Directed by John Deyo

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. She is ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman and 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. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits them.

Performances July 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:00 pm; July 8 & 9 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$15 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.