Auditions for “On Golden Pond”

The Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “On Golden Pond“, written by Ernest Thompson and directed by Candy Pittari. “On Golden Pond” is the touching classic about the relationship between father and daughter, husband and wife, and the generation gap.

AUDITIONS: Sunday, March 26th at 7:00 pm and Monday, March 27th at 7:00 pm

CALLBACKS: Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 pm (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday July 14th thru Saturday August 5th (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

The play revolves around Ethel and Norman Thayer, who have spent the past 48 summers on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter Chelsea visits, along with Bill ,the new man in her life and his 13-year-old son Billy.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (4 Males, 2 Females)
Norman Thayer (Male): A retired college professor, who describes himself as “older than dirt.” Set in his ways, hard to get along with but with a a dry wit. He enjoys having fun at others’ expense. He uses his wit and intellect to mask his growing insecurities about his abilities.

Ethel Thayer (Female): Norman’s wife, several years younger. She is outgoing, content and adores her husband but knows his faults. She tries to take the rough edges off his personality. She is Intelligent, well grounded, seems to defer to Norman on many issues but does not lose her own identity so ultimately she gets her way.

Chelsea Thayer (Female, 40s): Only daughter of Norman and Ethel. She has a difficult relationship with Norman and feels that Ethel always takes Norman’s side of things. She has been married before, no children and is newly engaged to Bill. She is a bit trepidatious to step mothering Billy Ray.

Charlie Martin (Male): The only native of Golden Pond, Maine. Close in age to Chelsea, always had a crush on her but sees her now as a pretty, mysterious city girl, fascinated and a bit intimidated by her. He is the mailman for Golden Pond, and is quite jolly laughing at almost everything even slightly funny (Perhaps to cover up his insecurities?).

Bill Ray (Male): Chelsea’s new fiancé, a dentist, divorced and with a thirteen year old son. He is pleased with the recent developments in his life, a fiancee and a son about to come live with him.

Billy Ray (Male): Thirteen years old. Precocious and worldly for his age. He is intelligent, but suspicious and guarded. He has not spent a lot of time with his father, or any male role model. Billy recognizes that he has been passed back and forth between his parents out of necessity, but has not really been “raised” by either of them. He is about to start living with his father and Chelsea. He and Norman develop a “chemistry”.

NOTE: Please do not watch the movie if you are planning to audition. However, please come to auditions knowing the script. At call backs be prepared to have an assigned monologue (or if necessary, a dialogue) memorized. Again, it will be assigned as to what to have memorized.

Rehearsals will not start until end of April, beginning of May. For the most part rehearsals will be Sunday, Monday and Tuesday PMs until we get close to opening night.

You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.

Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.