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Indian Valley Theatre names cast for ‘On Golden Pond’

The Indian Valley Theatre is preparing for its upcoming production of “On Golden Pond” in March.

Directed by Matthew Johnson, written by Ernest Thompson, with rights by Dramatist Play Service Inc., IVT’s “On Golden Pond” will feature the following cast hailing from the Fox Valley area: R. Scott Purdy from St. Charles as “Norm,” Autumn Burns from Geneva as “Ethel,” Heidi Swarthout from Oswego as “Chelsea,” Jon Witt from Naperville as “Bill,” Bill Griffith from Plainfield as “Charlie,” and Morgan Miller from Elburn as “Billi.”

“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year.

They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter, Chelsea, and her dentist fiancé, Bill, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage daughter, Billi, behind for the summer. The girl quickly becomes the “grandchild” for whom the elderly couple have longed.

In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack.

Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

“On Golden Pond” will be performed for two weekends. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 3, 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. March 4 and 11. All performances will take place at the historic Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and can be purchased online at indianvalleytheatre.com, or $18 at the door if seats are available up to 30 minutes before showtime.

For questions or more information, email info@indianvalleytheatre.com or call 888-365-8889.

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