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Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, hugs Norman Thayer, Jr., played by Tim Ostby, after Norman agrees to take in Billy Ray for the summer during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, hugs Norman Thayer, Jr., played by Tim Ostby, after Norman agrees to take in Billy Ray for the summer during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022,at The Barn Theatre.
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Barn Theatre to present 'On Golden Pond,' a celebration of those golden years

The Barn Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12 and 17-19 with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 12 and 20. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger.

The Barn Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12 and 17-19 with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 12 and 20.

Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, has a look of concern when husband Norman Thayer, Jr. says he became easily lost while on a trip to pick strawberries during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, has a look of concern when husband Norman Thayer, Jr. says he became easily lost while on a trip to pick strawberries during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
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Norman Thayer, Jr., played by Tim Ostby, and his wife, Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, have an argument during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Norman Thayer, Jr., played by Tim Ostby, and his wife, Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, have an argument during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

"On Golden Pond" tells the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus and Tim Ostby, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year.

Norman is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory — but he's still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever.

Ethel, 10 years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched their long life together.

They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter, Chelsea Thayer Wayne, played by Jennifer Bute, and her fiancé, Bill Ray, played by Thomas Dougherty-Rosengren, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer.

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Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, helps ready the cabin for the season with a load of firewood during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, helps ready the cabin for the season with a load of firewood during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
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Chelsea Thayer Wayne, played by Jennifer Bute, reacts to her entrance into the old family cabin during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Chelsea Thayer Wayne, played by Jennifer Bute, reacts to her entrance into the old family cabin during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
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Billy Ray, played by Ethan Livingood, demonstrates how to smooch to Norman Thayer, Jr. during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Billy Ray, played by Ethan Livingood, demonstrates how to smooch to Norman Thayer, Jr. during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
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The boy, Billy Ray, played by Ethan Livingood, quickly becomes the “grandchild” they have longed for.

Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

The other cast member, Charlie Martin, the local delivery-by-boat mailman, is played by Malachi Elmhorst.

The play is directed by Merica Overcash-Thom.

The stage manager is Pauline Prawl.

Aane Twedt designed the set, and Brielle Barrett is in charge of costumes and props.

Lighting design by Matt Hegdahl and sound design by Bob Thompson.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger. Call 320-235-9500, go online at thebarntheatre.com or visit the box office 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Friday.

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Bill Ray, played by Thomas Dougherty, slams the cabin door shut after becoming convinced a bear was chasing him during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Bill Ray, played by Thomas Dougherty, slams the cabin door shut after becoming convinced a bear was chasing him during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
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Mailman Malachi Elmhorst, played by Charlie Martin, cracks a sporadic laugh while chatting with Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, during a dress rehearsal performance of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
Mailman Malachi Elmhorst, played by Charlie Martin, cracks a sporadic laugh while chatting with Ethel Thayer, played by Stacey Neuhaus, during a dress rehearsal of "On Golden Pond" on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at The Barn Theatre.
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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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