Hopewell casts line on ‘Golden Pond’

“On Golden Pond” opens Friday for a two-weekend run at Hopewell Theatre.

Ernest Thompson’s play tells the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for their 48th year. Norman (Thomas Hathhorn) is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, but he still is as tart-tongued and observant as ever. Ethel (Denise Sculli), 10 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.

When their daughter Chelsea (Leah Ifft) arrives with her fiance, Bill Ray (Nick Mulichak), they turn the Thayers’ world upside down by leaving Bill’s 13-year-old son Billy (George Maillis) with the elderly couple for the summer.

Regina Rees and Mulichak co-direct the show.

The original Broadway production ran for more than 370 performances in two different theaters in 1979-80 and spawned a 1981 film version that earned acting Oscars for stars Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn and best adapted screenplay honors for Thompson.

“On Golden Pond” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 15 and 2 p.m. June 16 at the Hopewell Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngs-town. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved online at hopewelltheatre.org and by calling 330-746-5455.