Foothills Community Players will bring “On Golden Pond” to life on stage at the Clayton Center for the Arts on Sept. 10-12 and Sept. 16-19.
“On Golden Pond” focuses on an aging couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by their daughter, Chelsea, with her fiancé and his son in tow. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.
“On Golden Pond,” by Ernest Thompson, is the first production in the third season by the Foothills Community Players and is the first time Blount County’s community theatre will perform in the Haslam Family Flexible Theatre at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 11, and 16, 17, and 18. There are matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sundays, Sept. 12 and 19.
Tickets are available at the Clayton Center for the Arts Box Office. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are $16 plus tax for general admission, $14 plus tax for students (college age and younger) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets are also available online at www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com.
“On Golden Pond,” is directed by Lisa Blair and produced by John and Melanie Cherry.
This summer, Foothills Community Players closed out Season 2 with a production of “The Music Man” in early July.
The story about a con artist by the name of Harold Hill who arrives in River City, Iowa on July 4, 1912 drew crowds to the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Tom Ireland, FCP board member, said the group was pleased with the show. “We figured if we got a couple hundred folks in the seats, we would break even. We ended up selling 3,000 tickets over seven nights,” he said. “We were absolutely delighted.”
Ireland said the crowd was energizing to the cast. “They loved the production, they appreciated the songs and the cast fed off of them and that’s when there is energy,” he said.
Ireland said the cast of about 50 became like a family. “The chemistry was there and it was a great blend of community,” he said. “There were no professional attitudes but plenty of professional talent.”
The FCP is a community theatre company located in Blount County. Information about this production and the Players can be found at www.FoothillsCommunityPlayers.com.