A golden way to end summer, the Tibbits Summer Theater will close its 58th season of professional summer theater with “On Golden Pond” from July 28 to August 6 at the historic Tibbits Opera House.
This heartwarming play tells the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He’s a retired professor, nearly eighty, with heart palpitations and failing memory, but still as acerbic, observant, and hungry for life as ever. Ethel is ten years younger and the perfect foil for Norman. They revel in all the little things they cherish that continue to enrich their long life together. This Tony and Drama Desk award-winning piece became the beloved Oscar-winning film of the same name starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn.
Tibbits Artistic Director Peter Riopelle said, “This beautiful, poignant and fun evergreen show about family relationships, love and devotion is the perfect way to end our season. a “golden” way to end the summer!
The Tibbits Summer Theater features a core of professional company members from across the United States. “On Golden Pond” will feature Tibbit favorites Paul Kerr as Norman and Gloria Logan as Ethel, as well as other Tibbit veterans Stephanie Burdick, Peter Riopelle, Chad Tallon and newcomer Jack Hopewell. The production will be directed by Brenda Sparks. It will feature lighting design by Catie Blencowe, set design by Stephanie Burdick and Brenda Sparks, costume design by Dusti Donbrock and sound design by Henry Sendek. Lexa Walker leads the technicians as technical director with Rachel Marengere as stage manager, and Josh Rockwell, Scott Pauley, Leon Kriser and Chloe Ammond complete the technical staff.
The 2021 TST season which includes “On Golden Pond” is presented thanks to the generous sponsorship support of Coldwater Board of Public Utilities, Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, PC; Parrish Excavation, Inc .; and Frederick Family Dental. Additional sponsors include Coldwater Orthodontics & Aligner Center; Dr Jon and Seibra Herbener; The Bushouse family; ASAMA manufacture of cold water; Cold water exchange club; Matthew C. Christopher, DDS; Great Lakes Chiropractic; Honor Credit Union; and the risk strategies acquired. Additional funding is provided by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
All summer theatrical performances will now take place at the Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI. Tickets for “On Golden Pond” are $ 28 (fees included), with discounts available for Tibbits members. The performances will take place on July 28, 30, August 3, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and July 29 and August 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at Tibbits.org, at the Tibbits Administrative Office at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 517-278-6029.