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Shingle: Players’ ‘On Golden Pond’ lives up to its story

by Chris Bowers, Monday, July 28, 2014 

Ethel Thayer (BJ Godson) comforts and reassures Norman Thayer Jr. (Mark Smith) after he admits he forgot where he was, while looking for berries in the woods. Photo: Lawrence Spero.

Ethel Thayer (BJ Godson) comforts and reassures Norman Thayer Jr. (Mark Smith) after he admits he forgot where he was, while looking for berries in the woods. Photo: Lawrence Spero.

Gabriola Players’ staged reading of On Golden Pond had lots to live up to for those who fell in love with the movie.

Fortunately for its audience, it did, managing to capture the rhythm of the story’s funny and tender moments and presenting believable characters, solidly portrayed.

On Golden Pond depicts a summer in the life of an aging couple and their unexpectedly extended family as they work through old hurts, new joys, and confront the reality that no one gets off this planet alive.

Directed by Steve O’Neill, the play hummed along and seamlessly worked all the important parts of the story onto one set.

The lineup was: Norman Thayer Jr. (Mark Smith); Ethel Thayer (BJ Godson), Charlie (Dave Inell); Chelsea Thayer (Adrienne Vance); Billy Day (Sam Hooton); and Bill Ray (Dean Clark).

All of the actors carried their characters well.

Special mention goes to Smith, Godson, and Hooton, who nailed the chemistry of a couple who have worn well together, and a 13 year old boy whose presence rounds out a relationship that unexpectedly to all three, turns out to be just what they needed.

(c) Flying Shingle

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