Swans

On
Golden
Pond

On Golden Pond

By Ernest Thompson

Directed by Daz Weller

April 6-May 8, 2022.

 

Audition Sign-Up Page

Submissions close Thursday Jan 20th at 10pm

Rehearsal

February 14th-April 5th based on cast availability.

Shows

4/6 (Paid Preview) 7:30pm 

4/8 (Opening Night) 7:30pm

4/9 2pm and 7:30pm 

4/10 5pm

4/15 7:30pm

4/16 2pm and 7:30pm

4/17 5pm 

4/22 7:30pm

4/23 2pm and 7:30pm

4/24 5pm

4/29 7:30pm

4/30 2pm and 7:30pm

5/1 5pm

5/2 7:30pm

5/7 2pm and 7:30

5/8 5pm (Closing Show)

Available Roles

Performers of any race/ethnicity, disability, age, or gender/gender identity will be considered for all available roles. (The roles of Ethel and Norman Thayer have been cast.)

 

Charlie Martin:  Charlie is a local 45 year old man who has known the Thayers most of his life.  He has been the mailman at Golden Pond for many years.  Only two years older than Chelsea, he has been harboring feelings for her since their youth.  Charlie is helpful, sincere, and sociable and laughs a little too often. 

 

Chelsea Thayer Wayne:  Chelsea is the only child of Ethel and Norman.  She is 42 and divorced, and she has a strained relationship with her father.  She calls Ethel “Mommy”, but calls her father “Norman”.  At the request of her mother, she has come to the lake house to celebrate her father’s 80th birthday. 

 

Billy Ray Jr.:  Billy  is the 13 year old son of Bill Ray.  Billy is young, smart, and struck by the awkwardness that comes with his age.  Like  Norman, Billy masks his self-doubt by appearing comfortable with himself.  Billy is unusual in that he is not intimidated by Norman, as many people are.  He is adaptive, open-minded, and expressive.  As his friendship with Norman deepens, he becomes wiser and more sensitive.  The friendship helps him mature, and it teaches him how to be a caregiver and a true friend. Billy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for. 

 

Bill Ray:  Bill Ray (35-55) is a dentist from California.  Bill is an honest person who confronts issues in a straightforward way.  When Norman tries to intimidate him, Bill stands up to him.   This shows a great deal of maturity and self-confidence, and he wins Norman’s approval and respect.  He will marry Chelsea in Europe.

Initial In-Person Auditions will take place:

 

Friday January 21st, 6-9pm

Saturday January 22nd, 10am-1pm

- please specify of the form below your preferred date and we will schedule you a 10 minute window.

 

Callbacks (by invitation only ):

Wednesday January 26th 5-10pm

Auditions will take place at

Vegas Theatre Company

1025 S 1st St #110

Las Vegas NV 89101

If you would like to submit a self-taped video audition you may upload a self-tape to YouTube or another video hosting site and submit a link to it below in the submission form by 5pm January 20th,  2022. 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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. 

What to Prepare

Please prepare a 1-3 minute monologue either classical or contemporary which showcases your strengths as an actor.  Callback sides will distributed if you are required for a callback.

Callbacks will take place on January 26th between 5-10pm.

Pay

All actors will be paid a stipend of $1000 for rehearsals and performances.

Any questions can be directed to auditions@theatre.vegas

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